Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commissioned INS Kiltan, an indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare on 16 October 2017.
INS Kiltan is a stealth corvette that portrays growing capability of the Indian Navy. The commissioning ceremony was attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and a host of other dignitaries.
The warship is an extension of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
• INS Kiltan was commissioned at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam.
• It is an addition to indigenous warships after Shivalik Class, Kolkata Class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt.
• It is the third of the four Kamorta-class corvettes being built under Project 28.
• It is designed by the Indian Navy's in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design.
• It is built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata.
• It is India's first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material. This helps in an improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs.
• It is well equipped to fight in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
• The ship derives its name from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of islands.
• It also shares its name with the former Petya Class ship of same name ‘Kiltan (P79)’, which had played a major role as the Task Force Commander in ‘Operation Trident’ during 1971 Indo-Pak war.
• The former ship, which was built in USSR, had served the nation with distinction for nearly 20 years from 30 October 1969 to 30 June 1987.
About Project 28
• The Kamorta-class corvettes or Project 28 are a class of anti-submarine warfare corvettes currently in service with the Indian Navy.
• They are the first anti-submarine warfare stealth corvettes to be built in India.
• The project was approved in 2003, with construction of the lead ship, INS Kamorta starting in August 2005.
• INS Kiltan is the third of the four Kamorta-class corvettes being built under Project 28.
• Two among the four corvettes-INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt - were commissioned in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
• The fourth, INS Kavaratti is still under construction and slated to be completed by end of 2017.
When: 16 October 2017