Vishakhapatnam: On Thursday, the Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane handed over the indigenously built anti-submarine stealth warship to the Indian Navy. The ceremony was held in the Vishakhapatnam naval docks. General Naravane expressed confidence that the commissioning of INS Kavaratti becomes an important development in the maritime security of the country. General Naravane also gave the message, at this time, that the mighty Indian Navy is always alert and capable to defend the marine borders, regions and special marine regions.
Four Kamorta-class corvettes were built indigenously, under the Project-28 of the Indian Navy. INS Kavaratti is the last of the four warships. The warships built before this, INS Kamorta, INS Kadmatt and INS Kiltan, have already been commissioned in the Indian Navy. The first warship from this class was commissioned in the Indian Navy in the year 2014.
The name INS Kavaratti has been taken from the name of Arnala class warship INS Karavatti, which participated in the Bangladesh war, in 1971. This warship weighs 3,330 tonnes and is 109 metres long. The ship was built at the Garden Research Shipbuilders and Engineers at Kolkata. There is a 90% indigenous component in the ship, and carbon composite has been used for building the ship. The warship is capable of carrying helicopters required in the anti-submarine warfare.
All the tests of INS Kavaratti have been completed, and it is ready to face all the challenges. This warship cannot be detected on the enemy radars. Moreover, an enemy submarine can be located from a great distance with the help of the sensors installed on the warship. It is claimed that this warship will prove to be powerful even in nuclear, chemical and biological war. Tension is reigning on both China and Pakistan borders. The defence forces are prepared to fight battles on both the fronts. Against this background, the commissioning of INS Kavaratti in the Indian Navy becomes very important.