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Manohar Parrikar commissions largest-ever ‘Make-in-India’ warship INS Chennai

The warship is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles and Barak-8 long range surface-to-air missiles.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday commissioned ‘INS Chennai’, the largest-ever warship to be built in India in the Kolkata class in Mumbai.

The construction of the ship also marks the end of the Project 15A to build Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers. It was built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, was also present on the occasion.

With an overall length of 164 metres and displacement of over 7,500 tons, ‘INS Chennai’ is one of the largest destroyers in the Indian Navy’s fleet.

According to media reports, the warship is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles and Barak-8 long range surface-to-air missiles.

The ship is going to be assigned to the western fleet after completion of some additional trials of systems deployed on it. It is the final destroyer ship in this class.

“The ship is equipped with a decoy that can divert a missile attack. Nearly 60% of the ship was built at Mazagon Dock, while weapons and sensors were brought from Israel and Russia. Destroyers are second only to aircraft carriers in projecting raw combat power,” said an official, according to a report in TOI.

Before this ship, the first ship of the class, named ‘INS Kolkata’, was commissioned on August 16, 2014, followed by ‘INS Kochi’ which was commissioned on September 30, 2015.
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