Thursday, April 1, 2010

INS Chennai: The new warship of the Indian Navy

On April 1, 2010, Elizabeth Antony, wife of Indian Defence Minister, A.K. Antony launched locally produced naval destroyer, INS Chennai. The ship was launched at the Mazagaon Docks in Mumbai. Built under the codename, Project 15 Alpha, the 163 meter long ship is the third destroyer produced by India. It weighs over 6000 tonnes.

INS Chennai is equipped with state of the art weapons including 16 Brahmos missiles and torpedoes, the Humsa asdic and Ellora electronic struggle suite. The ship has advanced stealth features, action information system, a comprehensive auxiliary control system, high quality modular living spaces, advanced power distribution system and many other features. Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma, was present at the event.

Mr. Antony said that after 26/11 it has become very important to protect India’s coastline. He also said that the Defence Shipyards is performing well but they would have to further enhance their capability to the meet the requirement of the armed forces. He also said that, if necessary Government would also involve the private shipyards to build naval ships.

1 comment:

  1. no doubt it's a commandable achievement but being a global super power defence ministry have to give approval for several project much faster. I think india have much bigger threat with china than pakistan. to counter china's supersonic missile and cruise we have to develop much more missile destroyer quickly. we are running out of time. china and pakistan are well known being a military allies and china is now protecting and bulding his naval base in karachi. I think we need much more naval destroyer as well as aircraftcarrier in the region. Though INS Vikramaditya is due for launching. Don't know how much long it will give service. nevertheless I think we have to look at US made aircraft carrier and nuclear submarine to strengthen our forces. partnership to US rather than Russia is much more effective and politically correct as per my opinion. I think navy is going to buy 100 aircraft soon. But if we look at IAF's MMRCA deal it's going to be more than one year and decision yet pending. Don't know why the politician is compromise nations security. But hope for the best. proud to be an INDIAN.