Indian Navy commissions Kolkata-class warship INS Kochi

29 September 2015 (Last Updated September 29th, 2015 18:30)

The Indian Navy has commissioned its indigenously-designed new warship, INS Kochi, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, enhancing country's stealth capabilities.

The Indian Navy has commissioned its indigenously-designed new warship, INS Kochi, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, enhancing country's stealth capabilities.

Claimed to be the largest-ever warship to be built in the country, INS Kochi is the second ship of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) guided missile destroyers.

With a displacement of 7,500t, the 164m-long and 17m-wide warship is powered by four gas turbines with a capacity to cruise at a speed of more than 30k.

INS Kochi commanding officer captain Gurcharan Singh was quoted by the Hindu as saying: "All sea trials of this ship are complete.

"Since this was the second in the series, we had learned lessons from the commissioning of the first ship and work was completed faster."

"We had learned lessons from the commissioning of the first ship and work was completed faster."

The new warship features enhanced weapons and sensors, including supersonic and long-range BrahMos surface-to-surface missile, the 76mm super-rapid gun mount (SRGM), and AK 630 close in weapon system (CIWS).

Equipped with enhanced anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capabilities, the warships are fitted with action information systems and atmospheric control systems.

In addition, the vessel features indigenous rocket launchers (IRL), indigenous twin-tube torpedo launchers (ITTL) and bow-mounted new generation HUMSA Sonar Dome.

The first vessel in this series, INS Kolkata, was commissioned last year and the third ship, INS Chennai, is expected to join the navy later in 2016.

In April, India launched another Kolkata-class destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam.

The new naval vessel is the first ship to be completed as part of an INR293.4bn ($4.69bn) 15B project, which will see the construction of four stealth destroyers.