The Indian Navy is preparing to commission the ‘INS Tanaji’ (a base depot ship) and the warship ‘INS Sahyadri’.
Defence officials said the commissioning ceremony of the Base Depot Ship ‘INS Tanaji’ will be held at the Mankhurd Naval Base Station where Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma, Chief of Naval Staff, will be the Guest on the occasion. The ceremony will be held at 8 am on July 10. “The so called ‘Base Depot Ship’, will look after berthing and ship lift facilities and will add punch and power to the Indian Navy,” said the officials.
Meanwhile, the commissioning ceremony of naval warship ‘Sahyadri’ will be held at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai at 2pm on July 21. AK Antony, Raksha Mantri, will be the guests on the occasion. The INS Sahyadri will be the third ship of the Shivalik class of stealth frigates.
Officials said that INS Sahyadri finished its construction at Mazagon Dock Limited after the keel was laid on March 17, 2003. She was launched on May 27, 2005 and will be commissioned on July 21.
The Project 17 warships are christened after hill ranges in India and the 4,900-tonne vessels are one of the most advanced design with stealth features in the Indian Navy stable. “The MDL had laid the keel of INS Sahyadri in March 2003 and launched it in the water in May 2005. The warship had gone out into the Arabian Sea for sea trials earlier this year. India plans to build seven more warships of this class in the future as a follow-on Project-17A,” said the officials.
The Shivalik class frigates are 142-metre long, 17-metre wide warships that run on two Pielstick 16 PA6 STC diesel engines and two GE LM2500+ boost turbines in combined diesel or gas (CODOG) configuration.