On Sunday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will formally commission the Indian Navy’s INS Visakhapatnam at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
The INS Visakhapatnam is Project 15B’s first stealth-guided missile destroyer ship.
The Defence Minister will be the honourable guest, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, will be the chief guest.
INS Visakhapatnam was built using domestic steel DMR 249A and is one of India’s largest destroyers, with a length of 163 metres and a displacement of over 7,400 tonnes.
The ship contains around 75% indigenous content, which contributes to AtmaNirbhar Bharat. The ship is a powerful platform capable of a wide range of activities and missions across the maritime combat spectrum.
Visakhapatnam is equipped with supersonic surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, medium and short-range guns, anti-submarine rockets, and modern electronic warfare and communication gear, among other weaponry and sensors.
The ship has a powerful mixed gas and gas propulsion system that allows her to reach speeds of over 30 knots. The ship can take two integrated helicopters on board to expand its range even more.
With sophisticated digital networks, a Combat Management System, and an Integrated Platform Management System, the ship has a high level of automation.