This signifies India’s growing capability in becoming self-reliant and in developing a high-tech war machine

India on Thursday commissioned the last of the four indigenously built warships ‘INS Kavaratti’ into the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam, thereby, sending a strong message to the country’s rivals in the Indian Ocean.

The indigenously built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth warship was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane under Project 28 (Kamorta class).

Tweeting about the development, the Indian Navy yesterday wrote, “Indigenously built ASW Corvette ‘Kavaratti’ to be Commissioned at #Vishakhapatnam on 22 Oct 2020 by General MM Naravane #COAS.”

The Indian Navy said that the ship portrays the growing capability of the nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenization. In other words, the ship is an example of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in India’s defence sector.

It wrote, ‘Kavaratti’ last of four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes is all set to join #IndianNavy. Designed by #IndianNavy’s Directorate of naval Design, the ship portrays the growing capability of the nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenization.”

The Ministry of Defence, in a statement said that the ship, “portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy, GRSE and the nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenization, thus, accentuating our national objective of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat.’”

According to the ministry’s statement, the ship’s weapons and sensors suite is predominantly indigenous and showcases the nation’s growing capability in this niche area.

“The ship has up to 90 per cent indigenous content and the use of carbon composites for the superstructure is a commendable feat achieved in Indian shipbuilding,” the ministry said.

The ship has been indigenously designed by the Indian Navy's in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design (DND), and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

INS Kavaratti, with its state-of-the-art weapons, is capable of detecting and prosecuting submarines, the statement said. The ship is also enabled with a self-defence mechanism along with a high endurance for long-range deployments, the statement said ahead.

“It is a praiseworthy achievement in itself, taking into consideration the restrictions imposed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during which she was delivered to the Navy. With the induction of Kavaratti into its fold, the Indian Navy’s preparedness will be enhanced," the Ministry of Defence said in the statement.

The ship has been commissioned into the Indian Navy as a combat-ready platform after completing various sea trials of the system fitted onboard.