The Indian Navy has decommissioned its first locally built missile corvette, INS Khukri, after serving for 32 years.
A ceremony was held on December 23 in the Indian city of Visakhapatnam. The flag officer of the Eastern Naval Command, Commander-in-Chief, Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, attended.
Some of the ship’s former serving and retired commanders, as well as Lieutenant General PN Ananthanarayan, chairman of the Gorkha Brigade, also attended the event.
During its active service, the corvette traveled a distance of more than 6.44.897nm. The distance is equal to navigating the globe 30 times or equivalent to three times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
It was commanded by 28 commanders.
The corvette was affiliated with the Gorkha Brigade of the Indian Army and was part of the Western and Eastern fleets of the Indian Navy.
Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders laid the keel on September 27, 1985 and launched it on December 3, 1986.
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The ship was commissioned in Mumbai on August 23, 1989. It was the second ship to bear the Khukri name.
The first ship with the same name sank after being hit by two torpedoes during the Indian-Pakistani war in 1971.
INS Khukri is 91.1 meters long and has a displacement capacity of 1,350 tons. Powered by two diesel engines, it can cruise at a speed of 25k.
The corvette is equipped with four P-20M anti-ship missiles (SS-N-2D), two Strela-2M surface-to-air missiles (SA-N-5), a 76mm AK-176 gun and two 30mm AK-630s. mm. pistols.