Kolkata and Kamorta – Pride of In­dian Navy

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[ 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

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