INS Ganga, an indigenously built frigate of the Indian Navy, was decommissioned in Mumbai on March 22, 2018, after over three decades of service.
The warship, which was commissioned on December 30, 1985, represented a big step forward in the nation's warship building capability. The poignant and impressive ceremony that was attended by several officers saw the frigate hauled down for the last time at sunset.
The ceremony was conducted by the last Commanding Officer of the ship Captain, NP Pradeep and the chief guest for the ceremony was Vice Admiral A K Bhal, who was himself a former crew member of the ship from 1989 to 1991.
The special guest of honour for the ceremony was Vice Admiral (Retd) KK Kohli, the first Commanding Officer of INS Ganga.
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About INS Ganga
• INS Ganga (F22) was a Godavari-class guided-missile frigate of the Indian Navy.
• Built in Mumbai by Mazagon Dock Limited, it was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 30 December 1985.
• The ship was retired from active service on May 28, 2017.
• The warship along with INS Godavari and INS Shakti were deployed to Somalian capital Mogadishu in December 1994 to support the withdrawal of the Indian Army's 66 Brigade, including the 2nd Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry (2 JAKLI).
• The Godavari class was the first significant indigenous warship design and development initiative of the Indian Navy.