Indian Navy Commissions INS Imphal

  • 30 Dec 2023

The Indian Navy commissioned INS Imphal, a Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyer, in a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, on December 26, 2023. This event marks the formal induction of the third indigenous ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyer.

Key Points

  • Raksha Mantri Praises Aatmanirbharta in Defence Defence Minister lauds INS Imphal as a symbol of ‘Aatmanirbharta’ in defence during the commissioning ceremony. The destroyer reflects the commitment of the Indian Navy, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), and other stakeholders to national security.
  • Technical Specifications of INS Imphal: Measuring 163m in length, 17m in breadth, and boasting a displacement of 7,400 tonnes, INS Imphal stands as one of India's most potent warships. Propelled by four Gas Turbines, it can achieve speeds exceeding 30 knots.
  • Diverse Contributions in Construction: Various entities contribute to INS Imphal's construction, including Brahmos Aerospace, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
  • The involvement of startups and MSMEs highlights the collaboration across different sectors.
  • Induction of 'Agniveers' Across the Nation: The Navy aims to induct an 'Agniveer' from each district, block, and village across the country. The strategy involves attracting youth, upskilling them during service, and ensuring their contribution to the civil sector.
  • INS Imphal's Record-Breaking Timeline: INS Imphal's construction and trials, completed in less than six months, set a record for any indigenous destroyer.
  • The ship, named after a city in the North-east, underlines the region's contribution to the nation.
  • High Indigenization and Stealth Features: INS Imphal boasts about 75% indigenization, featuring advanced indigenous systems and equipment.
  • Its enhanced stealth features contribute to reduced radar cross-section, emphasizing the government's push towards 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat.'