Missile destroyer INS Ranjit to be decommissioned.

Missile destroyer INS Ranjit to be decommissioned.

May 06, 2019.

INS Ranjit, The Indian Navy’s frontline missile destroyer will be decommissioned at the naval dockyard after 36 years of service in Visakhapatnam. It was commissioned on September 15, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat in command. The decommissioning ceremony will be held on 6 May 2019.

A statement issued by the navy Thursday said, INS Ranjit was the third of the five Kashin-class destroyers built by erstwhile USSR and was commissioned in 1983. As of 2019, only one Kashin-class destroyers ship remains in service with Russian Navy, and five with Indian Navy as Rajput-class destroyers.

The Navy said in the statement that INS Ranjit was constructed with serial number ‘Yard 2203’ in the 61 Communards shipyard in the town of Nikolaev in present-day Ukraine. The keel of the ship was laid on 29 June 1977 and she was launched on 16 June 1979.

The ship was given its Russian name ‘Lovkly’, which means agile, and was commissioned as INS Ranjit on September 15, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat at the helm, it said. The officer went on to serve as the chief of naval staff during the period 1996 to 1998.

INS Ranjit was at the forefront of keeping the nation secure and participated in a number of operations with a motto of ‘Sada Rane Jayate’ or ‘Ever Victorious in Battle’. Some of these include IPKF operations and Operation Talwar during Kargil conflict. In 2003, the ship was deployed off Mozambique to provide security cover for the African Union Summit.

The ship also participated in the first ever SAREX with the PLA Navy in November 2003. The ship in 2007 took part in the first ever Malabar exercise in the Pacific Ocean as well as the first ever INDRA series of exercises in Russian waters.

The ship was also actively deployed as part of relief operations after the 2004 tsunami and cyclone Hud-hud in 2014. In recognition of her service, the ship was awarded Unit Citation in 2003-04 and 2009-10, the release said.

It said, “As the sun sets on May 6, the Naval Ensign and the commissioning pennant will be lowered for the last time onboard INS Ranjit, symbolizing the end of the Ranjit era in the Indian Navy.”

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