On October 22, 2020, Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane commissioned ‘INS Kavaratti’ into the Indian Navy at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. It is the last of the four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes and is developed under Project 28.
INS Kavaratti is a stepping-stone towards ‘Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat’
Some of the most potent Anti-Submarine Warships were constructed under Project 28 in India. The other three ships constructed under Project 28 are INS Kamorta, INS Kadmatt, and INS Kiltan. These ships can endure Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical warfare conditions. Thus taking a giant leap towards India’s goal of becoming self-reliant or ‘Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat’.
The ship spans 109 meters in length, 14 meters in breadth, and has a displacement of 3,300 tonnes. The INS Kavaratti is one of the most potent Anti-Submarine Warfares to be built in India. Kavaratti uses four diesel engines that generate a combined power of 3,000 kW to power the ship.
The Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design (DND) is behind the design of Kavaratti with Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata responsible for building it. General Naravane in a statement said, “The ship has up to 90 percent indigenous content and the use of carbon composites for the superstructure is a commendable feat achieved in Indian shipbuilding.”
The Navy laid Kavaratti’s keel on January 20, 2012. It was launched in Kolkata on May 19, 2015. It cost an estimated ₹1,700 crores.
Indigenously Developed Advanced Weaponry
The Indian Navy has stated that INS Kavaratti includes sensors capable of detecting and prosecuting submarines and state-of-the-art weapons developed indigenously such as Combat Management System, Torpedo Tube Launchers and Infra-Red Signature Suppression System, etc. Apart from that, the ship is also capable of enduring long-range deployments and a reliable self-defense capability. The sensors and weapons suite is mostly indigenous. Besides, the ship has advanced stealth features and a low radar signature that makes it hard to be detected by enemy troops. The ship will hold 17 officers and 106 sailors.
The name of Kavaratti comes from its predecessor of the same name. It was named after the capital of the Lakshadweep islands. INS Kavaratti was an Arnala-class corvette. It was active in the operation of Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971 and other operations. During the 1971 Trident Operation, it was also responsible for the capture of the Pakistani merchant ship, Baqir. The Navy later decommissioned it in 1986.
The ship has completed its sea trials, and on Thursday, Gen Naravane commissioned it into the Navy. The Navy has said that with the induction of Kavaratti, the Indian Navy will be prudent to any threats.