On Thursday, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane will commission the last of four indigenously-built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes ‘INS Kavaratti’ into the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam.
The ship was designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design (DND), and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata. Navy officials said the INS Kavaratti has a state-of-the-art weapons and sensor suite capable of detecting and prosecuting submarines.
“Touted as a potent Stealth ASW Corvette, Kavaratti is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design (DND), and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. It portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy,” a statement from the Navy said.
The ship has up to 90 percent indigenous content and the use of carbon composites for the superstructure is a commendable feat achieved in Indian shipbuilding, it said. The Navy said the ship’s weapons and sensors suite is predominantly indigenous and showcases the nation’s growing capability in this niche area.
The Navy said that The ship will be commissioned into the Navy as a combat-ready platform as the ship has completed sea trials of all the systems fitted onboard. With the induction of Kavaratti into its fold, the Indian Navy’s preparedness will be enhanced.
It is a praiseworthy achievement in itself, taking into consideration the restrictions imposed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic during which she was delivered to the Navy.
Notably, Kavaratti takes her name from erstwhile INS Kavaratti, which was an Arnala class missile corvette. The older Kavaratti distinguished herself by operating in support of Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971.