Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai inducted into Indian Navy

Nov 22, 2016 17:31 IST

Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai was on 21 November 2016 commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.

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The ship was indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and was constructed by Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai.

Highlights of INS Chennai
• INS Chennai is the last of the Project 15 A class Destroyers.
• It will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.
• It measures 163m in length, 17.4m in breadth with a displacement of 7500 tonnes.
• It is propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines, in a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) configuration which makes it capable of achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots.
• It also has enhanced stealth features resulting in a reduced Radar Cross Section (RCS) which is achieved through efficient shaping of hull, plated masts and radar transparent materials on exposed decks.
• It contains contemporary and refined weapons and sensors such as Surface to Surface Missile and Surface to Air Missiles.
• It is fitted with a up to date Surveillance Radar which provides data to the gunnery weapon systems of the ship.
• Its Anti Submarine Warfare capabilities are rendered by the indigenously developed Rocket Launchers and Torpedo Launchers.
• It is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
• Its unique feature is the high level of indigenised equipment- Combat Management System, Rocket Launcher, Foldable Hangar Doors, Helo Traversing system, Auxiliary Control System and the Bow mounted SONAR.
• It will be under the command of Captain CR Praveen Nair, a Communication & Electronic Warfare specialist.

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