INS Kochi named af­ter tra­di­tional home of De­stroy­ers

The De­fence Min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment is seized of the na­tion’s de­fence re­quire­ments and req­ui­site fi­nan­cial sup­port for the armed forces and de­fence in­dus­try will be made avail­able, which in­cludes the mod­erni­sa­tion and de­vel­op­ment plans of the Navy

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The Type II Hunt class De­stroy­ers of World War II fame were sanc­tioned to be leased from Royal Navy to In­dian Navy dur­ing June 1952, and sub­se­quently sold to In­dia in 1958. The first ship was com­mis­sioned as INS Ganga on June 18, 1953. Sub­se­quently, two more ships of the class, INS Go­davari and Go­mati, were com­mis­sioned to form the 22nd De­stroyer Squadron (22 DS). Ini­tially, 22 DS was based at Bom­bay to be part of the In­dian Fleet and there­after trans­ferred to Cochin in the early 1960s. Cochin then came to be known as the home port of In­dian Navy’s De­stroy­ers which per­formed the ster­ling role of train­ing, be­ing co-lo­cated with all spe­cialised train­ing schools at Cochin. It was a be­fit­ting trib­ute to the tra­di­tional home of De­stroy­ers to have its name etched on the plaque of In­dian Navy’s most pow­er­ful Guided Mis­sile De­stroyer of Pro­ject 15A, Kolkata class.

The ship’s crest de­picts a sword and a shield to­gether with a Snake Boat rid­ing on the blue and white ocean waves, which sym­bol­ise the Mal­abar re­gion’s rich mar­itime her­itage and mar­tial tra­di­tions.

INS Kochi, the sec­ond ship of Pro­ject 15A, is a fol­low-on pro­gramme of the first in­dige­nously de­signed Delhi class Guided Mis­sile De­stroy­ers. It is to the en­tire credit of the Di­rec­torate of Naval De­sign (Sur­face Ship Group) to churn out a highly so­phis­ti­cated and most ad­vanced de­sign of this 7,000-tonne man of war for the In­dian Navy. The ship de­sign not only in­cor­po­rates most ad­vanced de­sign con­cepts for im­proved sur­viv­abil­ity, stealth, sea-keep­ing, and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, its weapons and sen­sors are those of the best in the class. Although the Pro­ject 15A has suf­fered a set­back of at least five years in churn­ing out the first of line INS Kolkata, Mazagon Dock Lim-

The ship de­sign in­cor­po­rates the most ad­vanced de­sign con­cepts for im­proved sur­viv­abil­ity, stealth, sea-keep­ing and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity. It’s weapons and sen­sors are best in class.

ited, Mum­bai, the ship­builders have taken ad­e­quate mea­sures to ob­vi­ate fur­ther slip­pages or de­lays. Ac­cord­ingly, the sec­ond in line, INS Kochi has been com­mis­sioned 13 months later and the last of the class INS Chen­nai is ex­pected to be com­mis­sioned end 2016.

INS Kochi, with a dis­place­ment of 7,500 tonnes, 164 me­tres in length and 17 me­tres at the beam, is pow­ered by four gas tur­bines to achieve max­i­mum speed of 30 knots plus. The ship has a com­ple­ment of about 40 of­fi­cers and 350 sailors. The ac­com­mo­da­tion and liv­ing spa­ces have been de­signed with spe­cial em­pha­sis on er­gonomics and hab­it­abil­ity. En­hanced stealth fea­tures have been achieved through shap­ing of hull and use of radar-trans­par­ent deck fit­tings. A bow-mounted Sonar Dome, the sec­ond of its kind in an in­dige­nous naval plat­form, has been in­tro­duced to en­hance sonar acous­tic per­for­mance.

INS Kochi is the sec­ond ship packed with the most so­phis­ti­cated state-of-the-art weapons and sen­sors in­clud­ing Multi-Func­tion Sur­veil­lance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) to pro­vide tar­get data to the ver­ti­cally launched Long-Range Sur­face to Air Mis­sile sys­tem (LR SAM). The MF STAR and LR SAM sys­tems are jointly de­vel­oped by the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion and Is­rael Aerospace In­dus­tries Lim­ited.

The ship is equipped with the ad­vanced su­per­sonic and lon­grange BrahMos sur­face-to-sur­face mis­sile. The 76mm Su­per Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) and AK 630 CIWS, both man­u­fac­tured in­dige­nously, can take on air and sur­face tar­gets. The en­tire anti-sub­ma­rine weapon and sen­sor suite fit­ted on­board, con­sist­ing of In­dige­nous Rocket Launch­ers, In­dige­nous Twin-tube Tor­pedo Launch­ers and a bow-mounted New-Gen­er­a­tion HUMSA Sonar are fine ex­am­ples of in­dige­nous ef­forts in the field of un­der­wa­ter war­fare. The sen­sor suite in­cludes other ad­vanced Sur­face-to-Air sur­veil­lance radars and an in­dige­nous Elec­tronic War­fare sys­tem. A state-of-theart Com­bat Man­age­ment Sys­tem (CMS-15A) has been in­te­grated with the on­board weapons and sen­sors. The ship is equipped to op­er­ate two Seak­ing or Chetak he­li­copters.

The ship can be truly clas­si­fied as a ‘Net­work of Net­works’ as it is equipped with so­phis­ti­cated dig­i­tal net­works, such as Asyn­chro­nous Trans­fer Mode-based In­te­grated Ship Data Net­work (AISDN), Com­bat Man­age­ment Sys­tem (CMS), Au­to­matic Power Man­age­ment Sys­tem (APMS) and Aux­il­iary Con­trol Sys­tem (ACS). The AISDN is the in­for­ma­tion high­way on which data from all the sen­sors and weapon ride. The CMS is used to in­te­grate in­for­ma­tion from other plat­forms us­ing in­dige­nous data link sys­tem to pro­vide Mar­itime Do­main Aware­ness. The in­tri­cate power sup­ply man­age­ment is done us­ing APMS, and re­mote con­trol and mon­i­tor­ing of ma­chin­ery is achieved through the ACS.

Com­mis­sion­ing

While com­mis­sion­ing INS Kochi on Septem­ber 30, 2015, the De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar said the gov­ern­ment is fully com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing a real Blue Wa­ter Navy, a navy which can dom­i­nate the In­dian Ocean re­gion (IOR), but will be con­sid­ered friendly by the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. He gave two ex­am­ples to il­lus­trate his point—that of trans­port­ing drink­ing wa­ter to Mal­dives when the lat­ter’s wa­ter treat­ment plant was dam­aged last year, and the res­cue and evac­u­a­tion of na­tion­als of over 20 coun­tries from war-torn Ye­men by the In­dian Navy, with­out any dam­age to our plat­forms and per­son­nel.

Par­rikar said there has been a re­newed en­thu­si­asm among the de­fence public sec­tor un­der­tak­ings (DPSUs) and the pri­vate sec­tor in the de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of plat­forms and sys­tems for the de­fence forces and the gov­ern­ment has been con­sis­tently try­ing to in­di­genise and speed-up timely de­liv­er­ies. He hoped that the next De­stroyer in the se­ries will be put into wa­ter by the end of the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

Par­rikar said while we have achieved sig­nif­i­cant in­di­geni­sa­tion in ‘Float’ com­po­nent of war­ships, we are lack­ing in the in­di­geni­sa­tion of the high-end Fight com­po­nents. To that end, the gov­ern­ment is in the process of putting a pol­icy in place to achieve high amount of self-re­liance in the de­fence in­dus­try un­der the guid­ance of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

The De­fence Min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment is seized of the na­tion’s de­fence re­quire­ments and req­ui­site fi­nan­cial sup­port for the armed forces and de­fence in­dus­try will be made avail­able, which in­cludes the mod­erni­sa­tion and de­vel­op­ment plans of the Navy. To­wards this the gov­ern­ment shall al­ways re­main com­mit­ted to pro­vide the nec­es­sary funds for the fu­ture ex­pan­sion and growth of the Navy.

The com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended among oth­ers by the Chief of Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, Western Naval Com­mand, Vice Ad­mi­ral S.P.S. Cheema; and the Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Mazagon Dock Lim­ited Rear Ad­mi­ral R.K. Shrawat (Retd).

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ad­mi­ral Dhowan said that com­mis­sion­ing of INS Kochi is a mile­stone in the self-re­liance pro­gramme of the Navy and stated that the in­di­geni­sa­tion of plat­forms, weapons, sen­sors and equip­ment, through public as well as pri­vate sec­tors, will con­tinue to re­main a fo­cus area of the In­dian Navy. He em­pha­sised that the “Roadmap for the Navy’s ex­pan­sion and growth would con­tinue to re­main firmly an­chored on self-re­liance and in­di­geni­sa­tion.”

“INS Kochi will add more teeth to the In­dian Navy’s sword arm in dis­charg­ing our duty of safe­guard­ing mar­itime in­ter­ests in the IOR. It fur­ther reaf­firms our re­solve and faith in in­dige­nous ship­build­ing and the ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme. The In­dian Navy no longer has to or­der plat­forms from abroad and has built up the ca­pa­bil­ity to build from air­craft car­ri­ers to sub­marines and over 48 plat­forms are on or­der in In­dia, none abroad,” Ad­mi­ral Dhowan added.

The Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Gur­cha­ran Singh, read out the Com­mis­sion­ing War­rant prior to the hoist­ing of ‘Colours’ (the na­tional flag and naval en­sign) for the first time on­board the ship. Fol­low­ing her com­mis­sion­ing, INS Kochi will be based at Mum­bai un­der the op­er­a­tional and ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, Western Naval Com­mand.

REAR AD­MI­RAL S. RAM­SAY (RETD)

De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar at the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony of the INS Kochi at the Naval Dockyard in Mum­bai on Septem­ber 30, 2015. The Chief of Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan and other dig­ni­taries are also seen.

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