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IMNEX-2019: India Myanmar Naval Exercise

The India Myanmar Naval Exercise called IMNEX-2019 is being organised in Visakhapatnam from 19 to 22 October in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The opening ceremony of the second edition of Indo-Myanmar joint naval exercise  was conducted onboard INS Ranvijay.

About IMNEX-2019

Myanmar naval ships UMS Sin Phyu Shin (F-14) and UMS Tabinshweti (773) arrived at Visakhapatnam and would engage in professional interaction with Indian Navy personnel for sharing of expertise on various maritime issues between both the navies.

This year’s edition includes increased scope and complexity and is a testimony of growing maritime cooperation between two navies.

The exercise would be conducted in two phases:

Harbour phase– which includes visits to Indian Naval units, training and maintenance facility at Visakhapatnam.

Sea Phase– During this phase Indian Navy’s INS Kuthar, a missile corvette and INS Ranvijay, a guided-missile destroyer will be carrying out a joint exercise with Myanmar ships UMS Tabinshweti, a corvette and UMS Sin Phyu Shin, a frigate in the Bay of Bengal.

Joint exercise will also encompass a variety of operations such as flying exercises using integral helicopter, seamanship evolutions at sea and anti-air and surface firing exercises.

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Missile destroyer INS Ranjit to be decommissioned

The Indian Navy’s frontline missile destroyer INS Ranjit will be decommissioned after 36 years of service. It was commisioned on September 15, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat in command. The decommission ceremony will be held at Visakhapatnam’s naval dockyard on 6 May 2019.

About INS Ranjit

  • It was third of five Kashin-class destroyers (a series of anti-aircraft guided missile destroyers) built by former USSR. As of 2019, only one Kashin-class destroyers ship remains in service with Russian Navy, and five with Indian Navy as Rajput-class destroyers.
  • It is first of five Rajput class destroyer to go out of service.
  • It was constructed with serial number ‘Yard 2203’ in 61 Communards shipyard in Nikolev town, in Ukraine.
  • She was launched formally on 16 June 1979 and was given its Russian name “Lovkly” meaning “Agile”.
  • With a motto of ‘Sada Rane Jayate’ or ‘Ever Victorious in Battle’, INS Ranjit has been at forefront in keeping nation secure and deployed in a number of operations including IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) operations and Operation Talwar (1999) during Kargil conflict.

Note: The Rajput-class destroyers (also known as Kashin-II class or Project 61E) are modified versions of Soviet Kashin class destroyers. It includes INS Rajput, INS Rana, INS Ranjit, INS Ranvir and INS Ranvijay. The Rajput class destroyers were first to be fitted with Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles.

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