INS Chennai, a ‘P15A Guided Missile Destroyer’, was dedicated to the city of Chennai on 17 April 2017 in the presence of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
The dedication ceremony included a series of events and drills. Also present at the event was Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command.
On the occasion, Palaniswami also unveiled a plaque at the Chennai Port Trust.
Key facts about INS Chennai
• The indigenously designed guided missile destroyer was commissioned into the Indian navy’s combat fleet on 21 November 2016 by the then Defence minister Manohar Parrikar in Mumbai.
• It is commanded by Captain C. R. Praveen Nair and has 45 officers.
• It is the largest-ever destroyer to be built in India.
• It is also the third and last Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers built under Project 15A.
• It has state of the art weapons and sensors and stealth features.
• It also has a highly advanced action information system, a comprehensive auxiliary control system, world class modular living spaces and a sophisticated power distribution system among other things.
• It is capable of fighting under any type of situation including nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions.
• It also has a strong expertise in missile technology and is loaded with the supersonic surface to surface ‘BrahMos’ missiles and long range surface to air ‘Barak-8’ missiles.
The ship has been anchored at Chennai’s port since 15 April 2017. It has received over 5000 visitors till now including almost 2000 were students.
Speaking on the occasion, the state’s Chief Minister Palaniswami urged the Navy to protect the maritime interests of the country and its fishermen, enabling them to go about their daily tradition of fishing without the fear of being attacked.
Who: INS Chennai
When: 17 April 2017