Dur­ing her ad­dress post com­mis­sion­ing, De­fence Min­is­ter em­pha­sised that the Navy’s re­lent­less pur­suit of self-re­liance through in­di­geni­sa­tion is highly ap­pre­cia­ble and this has helped the In­dian Navy to seam­lessly trans­form from a Buyer’s to a Builder’s N

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INS Kil­tan (P30), third anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW) stealth corvettes built un­der Project 28 (Kamorta Class) was com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy by De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man at an im­pres­sive cer­e­mony held at Naval Dock­yard, Visakha­p­at­nam on Oc­to­ber 16, 2017. Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Ad­mi­ral HCS Bisht, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief Eastern Naval Com­mand, Rear Ad­mi­ral V.K. Sax­ena (Retd), CMD, Gar­den Reach Ship­builders & En­gi­neers Lim­ited, Kolkata (GRSE), Kolkata, Com­modore M.B. Kunte (Retd) first Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of erst­while Kil­tan and a host of other dig­ni­taries were also present dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony. The event marked the for­mal com­mis­sion­ing into the Navy of the third of the four ASW Corvettes, in­dige­nously de­signed by the In­dian Navy’s in­house or­gan­i­sa­tion, Direc­torate of Naval De­sign and con­structed by Gar­den Reach Ship­builders & En­gi­neers Lim­ited, Kolkata.

On ar­rival at the Naval Jetty, De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man was re­ceived by Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff. The Min­is­ter was pre­sented with a Guard of Honour and was in­tro­duced to the dig­ni­taries’ present prior com­mence­ment of com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony.

Wel­com­ing the gath­er­ing, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba stated that this com­mis­sion­ing marks yet an­other mile­stone in our jour­ney of indige­nous war­ship build­ing. The In­dian Navy is deeply com­mit­ted to the prin­ci­ple of in­di­geni­sa­tion and the Gov­ern­ment’s thrust on ‘Make in In­dia’. Com­mis­sion­ing of four ships in the last year, all built in In­dian ship­yards, is a tes­ti­mony of our re­solve. Our com­mit­ment to

in­di­geni­sa­tion also as­sumes spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance as we have steadily broad­ened our in­di­geni­sa­tion ef­forts be­yond ship build­ing. We have achieved con­sid­er­able suc­cess with indige­nous sonars such as Ab­hay and HUMSA-NG as well as weapons such as Varunas­tra and BrahMos. Th­ese achieve­ments are a re­sult of the In­dian Navy’s proac­tive and in­te­grated ap­proach to achieve self-re­liance said the Ad­mi­ral.

This was fol­lowed by read­ing out the Com­mis­sion­ing War­rant of the Ship by the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Com­man­der Naushad Ali Khan. Sub­se­quently, hoist­ing of the Naval En­sign on­board for the first time and ‘Break­ing of the Com­mis­sion­ing Pen­nant’ with the Na­tional An­them be­ing played marked the com­ple­tion of the Com­mis­sion­ing Cer­e­mony.

Dur­ing her ad­dress post com­mis­sion­ing of INS Kil­tan, the De­fence Min­is­ter Sithara­man con­grat­u­lated the In­dian Navy, GRSE, other In­dian PSUs and a host of small and medium scale in­dus­tries, which have con­trib­uted to­wards build­ing this fine ship. She em­pha­sised that the Navy’s re­lent­less pur­suit of self-re­liance through in­di­geni­sa­tion is highly ap­pre­cia­ble and this has helped the In­dian Navy to seam­lessly trans­form from a Buyer’s to a Builder’s Navy. She high­lighted that the ad­di­tion of INS Kil­tan to the naval fleet is a reaf­fir­ma­tion of this trans­for­ma­tion. She fur­ther ex­horted that we need to bench­mark our ship­build­ing prac­tices to in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices and pro­duce qual­ity ships in a shorter time frame and at com­pet­i­tive costs. She fur­ther stated that the Gov­ern­ment fully ap­pre­ci­ates the na­tion’s de­fence re­quire­ments and req­ui­site fi­nances for the armed forces and de­fence in­dus­try would be made avail­able for the mod­erni­sa­tion and de­vel­op­ment plans of the Navy. The De­fence Min­is­ter later un­veiled the Com­mis­sion­ing Plaque and ded­i­cated the ship to the na­tion.

Re­garded as a very pres­ti­gious ac­qui­si­tion, INS Kil­tan is one of the most po­tent war­ships to have been con­structed in In­dia. The ship’s keel of was laid on Au­gust 10, 2010, and launched on March 26, 2013. Her maiden sea tri­als com­menced on May 6, 2017, and fi­nally was handed over to the In­dian Navy by GRSE on Oc­to­ber 14, 2017. The sleek and mag­nif­i­cent ship is pro­pelled by ‘Com­bi­na­tion of Diesel and Diesel (CODAD)’ propul­sion sys­tem of four diesel en­gines to achieve speeds in ex­cess of 25 knots and has an en­durance of around 3,500 nau­ti­cal miles.

The ship has en­hanced stealth fea­tures re­sult­ing in a re­duced Radar Cross Sec­tion (RCS) achieved by X-form of hull and su­per­struc­ture along with op­ti­mally sloped sur­faces. The very low un­der wa­ter acous­tic sig­na­ture makes it a ‘silent killer on the prowl’. This has been achieved by us­ing ad­vanced tech­niques for pro­pel­ler de­sign and mount­ings of main ma­chin­ery. The ship’s ad­vanced stealth fea­tures make her less sus­cep­ti­ble to de­tec­tion by the en­emy and help in ef­fec­tive em­ploy­ment of soft kill mea­sure like the Chaff.

More than 80 per cent of the ship is indige­nous with state-ofthe-art equip­ment and sys­tems to fight in nu­clear, bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal (NBC) war­fare con­di­tions. Also, P-28 weapons and sen­sors suite is pre­dom­i­nantly indige­nous and show­cases the na­tion’s grow­ing ca­pa­bil­ity in this niche area. INS Kil­tan is the first ma­jor war­ship with su­per­struc­ture en­tirely of com­pos­ite ma­te­rial.

Weapons and Sen­sors have been in­stalled/in­ter­faced on this com­pos­ite su­per­struc­ture for the first time on a ma­jor war­ship. Com­pos­ite su­per­struc­ture fit­ted on INS Kil­tan ush­ers the us­age of ad­vanced en­gi­neer­ing ma­te­ri­als on In­dian Naval war­ships with sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in weight and sta­bil­ity pa­ram­e­ters.

Apart from her in­te­gral ASW ca­pa­ble he­li­copter, the for­mi­da­ble ar­ray of weapons in­clude heavy weight tor­pe­does, ASW rock­ets, 76 mm cal­iber Medium Range gun and two multi-bar­rel 30 mm guns as Close-in-Weapon Sys­tem (CIWS) with ded­i­cated fire con­trol sys­tems. She is also fit­ted with indige­nous mis­sile de­coy rock­ets (Chaff ) and ad­vanced ESM (Elec­tronic Sup­port Mea­sure) sys­tem to de­tect and map en­emy trans­mis­sions and di­rec­tion finder equip­ment. The ship boasts of a highly ad­vanced Com­bat Man­age­ment Sys­tem and a so­phis­ti­cated In­te­grated Plat­form Man­age­ment Sys­tem.

The ship gets her name from old INS Kil­tan (P79), a Petya class ASW ship that served the na­tion for 18 years be­fore be­ing de­com­mis­sioned in June 1987. Named after the co­ral is­land be­long­ing to the Lak­shad­weep group of is­lands in In­dia, the ship has a to­tal com­ple­ment of 15 of­fi­cers and 180 sailors. The sleek and mag­nif­i­cent ship spans 109 me­ters in length, 14 me­ters in breadth with a dis­place­ment of 3,300 tonnes and can right­fully be re­garded as one of the most po­tent Anti Sub­ma­rine War­ships to have been con­structed in In­dia.

With the chang­ing power dy­nam­ics in the In­dian Ocean re­gion, INS Kil­tan will aug­ment the In­dian Navy’s mo­bil­ity, reach and flex­i­bil­ity whilst proudly fly­ing the In­dian Flag. The ship is manned by a team com­pris­ing 13 of­fi­cers and 178 sailors with Com­man­der Naushad Ali Khan at the helm as her first Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer. The com­mis­sion­ing of Kil­tan will add a new di­men­sion to the ASW ca­pa­bil­ity of the In­dian Navy and the Eastern Fleet in par­tic­u­lar. The mul­ti­far­i­ous mis­sions that can be un­der­taken by the ship truly re­flect the en­hanced multi-di­men­sional ca­pa­bil­ity of the In­dian Navy.

De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man at the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony of INS Kil­tan into the In­dian Navy, at Naval Dock­yard, Visakha­p­at­nam on Oc­to­ber 16, 2017. The Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba and other dig­ni­taries are also seen.

(Left) De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man un­veil­ing the ship’s plaque at the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony of INS Kil­tan into the In­dian Navy, at Naval Dock­yard, Visakha­p­at­nam on Oc­to­ber 16, 2017; (right) The Min­is­ter in­side the ship.

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