INS Rajput decommissioned from service

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INS Rajput decommissioned from service

On May 21, 2021, the first destroyer of the Indian Navy, INS Rajput was decommissioned.

It should be noted that this destroyer has served in the Indian Navy for nearly 41 years.

Key points

  • INS Rajput was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 4 May INS Rajput was built by the then Soviet Union as the frontline ship of destroyers of Kashin class.
  • INS Rajput has been freed in a ceremony at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The program was short-lived with only in-station officers and sailors who strictly followed the COVID protocol.

INS Rajput:

  • INS Rajput was launched on 17 September It was built by 61 Communards Shipyard in Nikolaev (present-day Ukraine). Its original Russian name was ‘Nadezhny’ at the time of construction. On joining the Indian Navy, it was named INS Rajput.
  • The ship was commissioned as INS Rajput on 4 May 1980 in Poti, Georgia by Capt Gulab Mohanlal Hiranandani, and IKGujral, Ambassador of India to the USSR.
  • INS Rajput has served in both Western and Eastern fleets. Its motto is “Raj Karega Rajput”.

The ship has provided security to the nation by participating in the following operations:

  • ‘Operation Pawan’ for patrol work off the coast of Sri Lanka, Operation ‘Cactus’ to resolve hostage situation from Maldives and ‘Operation Crozanest’ from Lakshadweep.
  • The ship was also the first Indian Navy ship to be affiliated with the Rajput regiment of the Indian Army.

Source – PIB

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