‘INS Imphal’, India’s first warship named after a northeast city, to be commissioned on Tuesday | India News – Times of India

 ‘INS Imphal’, India’s first warship named after a northeast city, to be commissioned on Tuesday | India News - Times of India

New Delhi: In a move that will add teeth to India’s naval fleet, Indian Navy It is fully prepared to launch its latest stealth guided missile destroyer.INS ImphalIn the presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at the Navy Dockyard in Mumbai on Tuesday.
INS Imphal is the first warship to be named after a city in the Northeast. The creation of Imphal, thus, signifies the important role and contribution of the city of Imphal, to the national security, sovereignty and prosperity of the state of Manipur and the greater North Eastern region. It is a fitting tribute to the sacrifices and contribution of Manipur in India’s freedom struggle, the Ministry of Defense said. After commissioning, INS Imphal will join the Western Naval Command.

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Currently, the Indian Navy operates 132 warships, including 11 guided missile destroyers of three different classes – Kolkata class, Delhi class, and Rajput class. At least 67 ships are under construction, of which 65 are in Indian shipyards. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R. Harikumar recently said, “We are looking at 170-175 ships (in our fleet) by 2035.”
INS Imphal was handed over to the Navy on October 20 after completing a rigorous and comprehensive trial program in port and at sea. Subsequently, the ship successfully test-fired the extended-range supersonic BrahMos missile in November 2023, the first before it was operational for any indigenous warship, thus introducing its latest indigenous weapons and plates. Forms demonstrated the Navy’s emphasis on combat effectiveness and confidence.

INS Imphal is a state-of-the-art warship, designed by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau and built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, with significant contributions from public and private sectors including MSMEs and DRDO. INS Imphal is the third ship of the Visakhapatnam class stealth guided missile destroyer. Project 15B (Visakhapatnam class) is a successor to the indigenous destroyers of Project 15A (Kolkata class) and Project 15 (Delhi class) with advanced capabilities and more indigenous content.
Measuring 163 meters in length, displacing 7,400 tonnes and with 75% indigenous materials, Imphal can rightly be considered one of the most powerful warships to be built in India and is the pursuit of a national vision. It is a testament to India’s growing shipbuilding capability. ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’.

INS Imphal is equipped with the latest ‘state-of-the-art’ weapons and sensors such as surface-to-surface missiles and surface-to-air missiles. The ship’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities are provided by indigenously developed rocket launchers, torpedo launchers and anti-submarine warfare helicopters. It is equipped to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions and has advanced automation and stealth features.
The time taken for the construction and trials of INS Imphal is the shortest for any indigenous destroyer. ImphalThe keel was laid on 19 May 2017 and the vessel was launched on 20 April 2019.

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