Today, the Indian Navy is commissioning the last of the four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes, the INS Kavaratti under Project 28 (Kamorta class). Here is the significance of this accomplishment.
- It exhibited the self-reliant capability of India. The ship has up to 90% indigenous content, is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design (DND), and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.
- The ship’s weapons and sensors suite are predominantly indigenous and showcase the nation’s growing capability in this niche area.
- These days we often hear the news of Chinese submarines wading into the waters in a suspicious manner. At a time like this, the commissioning of INS Kavaratti will add strength.
- Kavaratti has state-of-the-art weapons and sensor suite capable of detecting and prosecuting submarines. In addition to its anti-submarine warfare capability, the ship also has a credible self defence capability and good endurance for long-range deployments.
- The timeline of commissioning ASW stealth corvettes also indicates that India in recent times is speeding up procurements in this aspect. Project 28’ was approved in 2003. The other three warships under this project are INS Kamorta (commissioned in 2014), INS Kadmatt (2016) and INS Kiltan (2017).
- The ship is in combat-ready platform as it has completed sea-trials of all its systems fitted onboard.
Kavaratti takes her name from erstwhile INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala class missile corvette. The older Kavaratti distinguished herself by operating in support of was Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971.
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