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INS Kavaratti, the last of the four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes built under Project 28 (Kamorta class), by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, was formally inducted into the Navy recently at the Naval Dockyard in Eastern Naval Command.
About INS Kavaratti
- Kavaratti takes her name from erstwhile INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala class missile corvette.
- The older Kavaratti distinguished herself by operating in support of was Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971.
- INS Kavaratti (P31) is an anti-submarine warfare corvette of the Indian Navy built under Project 28.
- It is the last of four Kamorta-class corvettes under various stages of induction with the Indian Navy.
- The ship has up to 90% indigenous content using carbon composites for the superstructure is a commendable feat achieved in Indian shipbuilding.
- The ship, named after the capital of the Lakshadweep group of islands, has been constructed using high-grade DMR 249A steel produced in India.
- Kavaratti is capable of fighting under nuclear, biological and chemical environments. It will be a frontline warship of the Indian Navy with advanced stealth features and a low radar signature.
- P 28 is a project under which four Anti Submarine Warships have to be built indigenously in India by Garden Reach Shipbuilders And Engineers (GRSE) , Kolkata.
- Project 28 was approved in 2003, with construction of the lead ship, INS Kamorta commencing on 12 August 2005.
- Three of the four corvettes, INS Kamorta , INS Kadmatt and INS Kiltan were commissioned in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively.
- Project 28’s objective was to enhance localisation and development of warship construction industry in India.