On 22nd October, INS Kavaratti was inducted in the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam by Army Chief of Staff General MM Naravane, giving Indian Navy a boost in its anti-submarine warfare.
Crux of the Matter
About INS Kavaratti
The ship gets her name ‘Kavaratti’ from erstwhile INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala Class missile corvette and had operated in support of Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971.
It is the last of four Kamorta-class corvettes and is an indigenously built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) warship. The other three Kamorta-class corvettes are INS Kamorta, INS Kadmatt, and INS Kiltan.
Other features include a medium-range gun, torpedo tube launchers, rocket launchers, a close-in weapon system, an integrated communication system, and an electronic warfare system. It is also fitted with the indigenous surveillance radar ‘Revathi’.
Role In A Fleet Of Warship
Having a limited range of weapons systems, the corvette is one of the smallest class of combat ships. Thus, corvettes are potent in patrolling in the sea due to small size. It is also equipped with one Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopter. Currently, India has Kamov Ka-25, Kamov Ka-28, Kamov, Ka-31 ASW, and Westland Sea King ASW – one of the most advanced ASW helicopters, and operates from INS Garuda (Kochi) as well as INS Shikra air stations – helicopters to deploy on naval warships. Soon India will add MH-60R to its ASW helicopters fleet.
Made In India
Kavaratti is built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) and 90% of its content is drawn from India. GRSE is also the first shipyard to deliver 100 warships to the Indian Navy and the Indian Coastal Guard.
- INS Vikramaditya, India’s only Aircraft Carrier, previously served in the Soviet Army (as Baku) and in the Russian Army (as Admiral Gorshkov).
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- All the corvettes in the Kamorta class have been named after the islands of Lakshadweep.
- The difference between a missile and a torpedo is that the latter is launched underwater. Essentially, a torpedo is an underwater missile.
- No Navy veteran has ever been awarded a marshal equivalent rank. Army Veteran s Sam Manekshaw and KM Cariappa and Air Force Veteran Arjan Singh are the only Indian officers to get a Marshal equivalent rank in their respective Armed Forces.