INS ‘Chennai’, an indigenously designed and constructed, Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer was commissioned into Indian Navy, in the presence of Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at Mazgaon Docks in Mumbai this morning. He called this a historic step.
‘Chief Admiral’ of the Indian Navy, Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba and Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Girish Luthra were also present on the occasion. In his address, talking about the situation along the Line of Control, Mr Parrikar said India is not taking initiative to fire upon, unless fired on. About the Army jawan Chandu Chauhan, who inadvertently crossed LoC, he said standard procedures are being followed. India has been assured he is alive and safe.
The ship, among the largest indigenous destroyers with a length overall of 164 meters and displacement of over 7,500 tons, 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. After completion of some more trials on sea for testing of the ship-borne systems, the guided destroyer will be assigned to the Western Fleet and would be based in Mumbai. This is the third destroyer of the class to the commissioned to the Naval fleet, earlier two being INS Kolkata the first ship of the class was commissioned on 16 August 2014 while INS Kochi the second ship of the class was commissioned last year on 30 September 2015.