The Indian Navy has commissioned INS Kavaratti, the latest anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette, under Project 28 (Kamorta class).
Commissioning took place at Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam.
INS Kavaratti is the fourth ASW corvette of Project 28. These vessels were designed by the Directorate of Naval Design, the navy’s in-house organisation.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) built the vessels which showcase the country’s aim to be self-reliant under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
The ship consists of 90% indigenous material and the use of carbon composites for the construction of the superstructure is said to be a major feat in the Indian shipbuilding industry.
Its weapons and sensors suite is made of mostly indigenous content. It can detect and prosecute the submarines.
The ship also has a reliable self defence capability and endurance for long-range deployments.
In 2015, Indian Navy launched INS Kavaratti following a naming ceremony held at GRSE.
The ship has concluded sea trials for all systems and has been commissioned as a combat-ready platform into the Indian Navy.
In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said: “It is a praiseworthy achievement in itself, taking into consideration the restrictions imposed due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic during which she was delivered to the navy.
“With the induction of Kavaratti into its fold, the Indian Navy’s preparedness will be enhanced.”
Last year, Cochin Shipyard (CSL) signed contracts worth Rs54bn ($777m) with the Indian Navy for constructing eight anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvettes.