Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to commission the ship ‘INS Chennai’, an indigenously designed and constructed Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer, into the Indian Navy. INS Chennai is among the largest destroyers constructed in India and has been built by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai.
Following the commissioning, INS Chennai will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. On completion of some additional sea trials of ship-borne systems, the ship will be assigned to the Western Fleet and would be based in Mumbai.
The ship is among the largest destroyers constructed in India, with a length overall of 164 meters and displacement of over 7,500 tons. The ship is a potent platform capable of undertaking a variety of tasks and missions, spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare. Armed with supersonic Surface-to-Surface ‘BrahMos’ missiles, and ‘Barak-8’ Long Range Surface to Air missiles, the ship possesses formidable prowess of missile technology. The undersea warfare capable boasts of indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors, prominently the Hull Mounted Sonar ‘HUMSA-NG’, Heavyweight Torpedo Tube Launchers, Rocket Launchers and Towed Arrau sonar capability.
For defence against enemy missiles, the ship is fitted with ‘Kavach’ chaff decoy system and for defence against enemy torpedoes, it is fitted with ‘Mareech’ torpedo decoy system, both developed indigenously in India. The ship is designed to carry and operate up to two multi-role helicopters.
INS Kolkata the first ship of the class was commissioned on 16 August 2014 and INS Kochi the second ship of the class was commissioned last year on 30 September 2015.