Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar formally commissioned INS Chennai into the Indian Navy on Monday. Constructed at the Mazgaon Dockto in Mumbai, INS Chennai is the third and final ship of the Kolkata-class destroyer built under the code name Project 15A.
With an overall length of 164 meters and displacement of over 7,500 tons, INS Chennai can achieve a top speed of over 30 knots (approximately 55 kilometres per hour) and can carry 350 to 400 people.
Here are 5 facts of INS Chennai:
1. First Ship to have a specially-integrated underwater ‘Kavach’ decoy system that can change the direction of a missile/torpedo fired at it by an enemy ship
2. Fully equipped with the supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile system, a surface-to-air missile system and ‘Barak-8’ Long Range Surface to Air missiles.
3. Carries four AK 630 rapid-fire guns, sensors and stealth features.
4. INS Chennai includes a communication mechanism that when there’s danger, all the crew can be kept in loop with the integration system.
5. The ship is also equipped with Heavyweight Torpedo Tube Launchers, Rocket Launchers and Towed Arrau sonar capability.
According to a statement by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar during its induction to the Indian Navy, “We are not taking initiative to fire upon, unless fired on.”