Kolkata and Kamorta – Pride of Indian Navy
[ By Ranjeet Kumar
T] hough the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated to the Indian Navy country’s most modern and ferocious warship INS Kolkata on August 16 and later the Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on August 23 performed similar job for the INS Kamorta, the two warships will not dare to venture too far in the high seas during combat environment as they are still not equipped with defensive systems like the anti-missile and anti-aircraft missiles which are planned to be deployed. Like the delayed induction of the two warships in Indian Navy by a few years, the plan to deploy the defensive missile shield has also been delayed and are not likely to be fitted onto the deck of the warships before the end of the year.
But this should not demoralise the Indian strategic planners and observers, as the defensive systems are not too far away from deployment. When actually deployed, the warships will prowl in the high seas like lions in the jungle. These are the proud examples of modern shipbuilding in India with cutting-edge technology and design, which can rival any modern warship in the navies of developed world. After induction and with full complement of self-defensive and offensive missile systems, these two newly inducted warships will tremendously boost India’s strategic capabilities in the high seas. The Kolkata can in fact effectively control an area of several hundred square kilometres and will be part of a carrier fleet of the Indian Navy.
Dedicating the destroyer to the Indian Navy, the Prime Minister said, “In the coming days INS Kolkata will inspire confidence to those involved in the maritime trade. Fighting a war and winning it has now become less difficult these days. But a modern military armed with state-of-the-art weaponry alone is a guarantee against war. When we are capable no one can dare challenge us.”
The INS Kolkata is the lead ship of the Kolkata class guided missile destroyers. The contract for three ships of the Kolkata class was signed as a follow-on of the legendary Delhi class destroyers commissioned in the Indian Navy in the last decade. INS Kolkata
Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kolkata into the Indian Navy at a glittering ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai