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Indian Navy has commissioned INS Kochi, a Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer in its contingent to showcase India’s indigenous efforts in the field of underwater warfare.
The ship was commissioned by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Mumbai.
It is a second ship of the three ships Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer to be inducted. Earlier in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had commissioned INS Kolkata.
The third and last ship of Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai is expected to join Indian Navy in 2016.
Top features of INS Kochi
- The ship drives its name from the port city of Kochi (Kerala) which had distinct maritime character and culture and symbolises the special bond between the Indian Navy.
- It has been built at Mazagaon Docks (MDL), Mumbai and it is the 10th destroyer in India’s combat fleet.
- Dimensions: Spans over 164 meters in length and 17 meters at the bean. Weighs over 7500 tonnes.
- Engine: It is propelled by 4 gas turbines and designed to achieve maximum speeds in excess of 30 knots.
- Weapons: It is loaded with state-of-the-art weapons, sensors and advanced stealth features including long-range BrahMos surface-to- surface missile.
- It has AK 630 Close In Weapon System (CIWS) and 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) designed to take on air and surface targets.
- Its anti-submarine arsenal consists of indigenously built Twin-tube Torpedo Launchers (ITTL), Indigenous Rocket Launchers (IRL) and bow-mounted new generation HUMSA Sonar Dome.
- INS Kochi is also equipped to operate 2 Sea King or Chetak helicopters.
It should be noted that destroyers are second only to aircraft carriers to have raw combat power on the high seas.
India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2015 has begun at Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharashtra.
It is third edition of the joint training exercise between both countries that seeks to build Military to Military co-operation and interoperability.
- Aim of MITRA SHAKTI 2015 Exercise is to share the best military practices between the two Armies and promote healthy military to military relations.
- It also seeks to develop joint strategies between the two Armies by sharing expertise of conducting operations.
- The 14 days exercise’s basic objective is to enhance confidence and trust between the two militaries and engage in anti-terrorism operations including those under the UN mandate.
- It will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect between armies of both nations.
- It will seek to tap the rich repository of experience of each other and extract maximum learning value from the joint training.
- It will also enrich the two contingents in further honing basic military skills and form different levels of the military to military engagement across the entire spectrum of operations.
It should be noted that this Joint Military Exercise is considered as an important step to uphold the values of Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the South Asia region.