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India commissions first indigenously built stealth anti-submarine warfare ship

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Marking a major milestone in the making of warships in the country, India today commissioned its first indigenously-built stealth anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, INS Kamorta, at a ceremony at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on the east coast.
 
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley commissioned the warship and described the event as the "coming of age" of India's ship-building industry.
 
The Defence Ministry said the commissioning of INS Kamorta had added a new dimension to the ASW capability of the Indian Navy and in particular, the Eastern Fleet. "The multifarious missions that can be undertaken by the ship truly reflect the enhanced multi-dimensional capability of the Indian Navy," it said.
 
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley unveiling the plaque on commissioning of INS Kamorta, at Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam on August 23, 2014. 





The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan is also seen.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley unveiling the plaque on commissioning of INS Kamorta, at Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam on August 23, 2014. The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan is also seen.
Admiral R K Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command, and Rear Admiral A K Verma (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) were amongst those present at the ceremony.
 
INS Kamorta is first of the four ASW Stealth Corvettes designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), under Project 28, with an indigenous component of about 90%. 
 
Measuring 110 meters in length, 14 meters in breadth and displacing 3500 tons, the ship can achieve speed of 25 knots. The ship is fitted with anti-submarine rockets and torpedoes, medium and close-in weapon systems and indigenous surveillance radar Revathi. The ship is also capable of carrying an integral ASW helicopter. 
 
Mr Jaitley noted that, in the last three months, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he had been associated with several accretions made into the Indian Navy such as aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and destroyer INS Kolkata.
 
But, he said, this one was special because of its high indigenous content. He said as many as 42 warships were under construction in various shipyards of the country. He expressed confidence that the measures taken by the government would infuse healthy competitive spirit between the public and private shipyards. 
 
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Kamorta also boasts of other “firsts” such as a foldable hangar door and a rail-less Helo Traversing System, which will give helicopter operations from the corvette a significant edge over other warships. 
 
Enhanced stealth features have been achieved by ‘X’ form of hull, full beam superstructure, inclined ship sides and use of Infrared Signature Suppression system for cooling the engine and generator exhausts. The ship has a combination of diesel and diesel propulsion system with two diesel engines  along with one gear box on each shaft. The common raft mounted gear box and diesel engines give the vessel very low radiated underwater noise. This is well complemented with an efficient propeller which has high cavitation inception speed. The design also incorporates active shaft grounding system and multi zone Impressed Current Cathodic Protection for suppression of Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic signature. The very low under water acoustic signature makes it a ‘silent killer on the prowl’. 
 
INS Kamorta has a multitude of systems such as Total Atmospheric Control, Integrated Platform Management, Integrated Bridge, Battle Damage Control and Personnel Locator System. This provides a contemporary and process oriented System of Systems for optimal functioning of the warship, an official press release said.
 
According to it, INS Kamorta is well equipped to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions. 
 
The ship has a complement of about 15 officers and 180 sailors. The accommodation and living spaces have been designed with special emphasis on ergonomics and habitability. The ship is commanded by Commander Manoj Jha, a gunnery specialist. 
 
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