The Indian Navy has commissioned INS Kadmatt, the second of four Kamorta-class Project 28 (P28) class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvettes, during a ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, India.
Indian Naval Staff chief admiral RK Dhowan said: "The commissioning of INS Kadmatt marks yet another milestone in our journey towards self-reliance and make-in-India."
The ASW corvettes have been engineered by the Indian Navy's in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata.
The newly incorporated vessel succeeded an older Petya-class Kadmatt, also an ASW corvette that was procured from the former USSR in 1968.
Propelled by four diesel engines, the 109m-long and 13.7m-wide P28 class ships have a displacement of 3,300t, and can cruise at speeds up to an excess of 25k with an endurance of 3,450nm.
INS Kadmatt is installed with features such as total atmospheric control system (TACS), integrated platform management system (IPMS), integrated bridge system (IBS), battle damage control system (BDCS) and personnel locator system (PLS).
The warship is reportedly the first of its kind to include a rail-less helo traversing system and foldable hangar door for the integral ASW helicopter.
It is fitted with artillery, including the indigenously manufactured combat management system, rocket launcher, torpedo tube launchers and infra-red signature suppression system. It also has the ability to combat nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
The vessel will serve as a part of Eastern Fleet under the Eastern Naval Command.
Image: An image of INS Kadmatt during a trial at sea. Photo: courtesy of Indian Navy.