INS Imphal

Why is it in News?

The Indian Navy has launched Guided Missile Destroyer INS Imphal from Mazagon Dock Mumbai.

About INS Imphal:

  • INS Imphal is the third ship to be launched under Project 15B (first was INS Vishakhapatnam & 2nd was INS Mormugao).
  • The warships built under the project are propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speed of 30 knots approximately.
  • They have a length of 163 metres and 17.4 metres at the beam and a displacement of 7.300 tonnes.
  • The ship was named in recognition of the Indian soldiers who fought in Battle of Imphal during World War II. It is the first Indian Navy ship named after a city in Northeast India.

What is Project 15B?

  • It is a project to develop world class warships for Indian Navy.
  • Government of India in 2011 had sanctioned four 15B ships at the cost of Rs. 29,700 crore to develop a class of stealth guided missile destroyers for the Indian Navy.
  • The Project 15B missile destroyers are modern warships equipped with latest weapons package in continuation of lineage of the highly successful Delhi and Kolkata Class ships.
  • The first ship of the project 15B was INS Vishakhaptnam which was launched on April 20, 2015.

Source: Business Standard