RM to commission 'INS Kamorta'

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Raksha Mantri to commission 'INS Kamorta'

File photo of Kamorta during her trials

The first indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette ‘INS Kamorta’ built by M/s Garden Reach Shipyard(GRSE), Kolkata is scheduled to be commissioned by Honourable Raksha Mantri Shri Arun Jaitely at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on Saturday, 23 August 14.
 
Kamorta is the first of four ASW stealth corvettes designed by Indian Navy's in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built by the GRSE under Project 28. The ship’s production commenced on 01 March 2006 and the new ‘Kamorta’ was launched on 19 April 2010. Her maiden sea trials commenced in June 2013 and she was handed over to the Indian Navy by the Shipbuilders on 12 July 2014.
 
 
File photo of Kamorta during her trials
 
Kamorta has been constructed using high grade steel (DMR 249A) produced in India. With a displacement of about 3500 tonnes, the sleek and magnificent ship spans about 110 meters in length and 14 meters at the beam. The ship’s propulsion system consists of two Diesel Engines to achieve a maximum speed of 25 knots and an endurance of about 3500 nautical miles. Enhanced stealth features incorporating ‘X’ form of Hull, full beam superstructure, inclined ship-sides and use of Infra Red Signature Suppression (IRSS) make her less susceptible to detection.
 
About 90% of the ship is indigenous, with its weapons and sensors suite showcasing the nation’s growing capability in designing and developing sophisticated weapon systems, which include heavy weight torpedoes, ASW rockets, Medium Range gun and Close-in-Weapon System comprising of two multi-barrel guns. Her sensors include the most advanced bow mounted sonar and indigenous air surveillance radar Revathi with capability to detect targets exceeding 200 Km. The ship would also be installed with short-range Surface-to-Air missiles (SAM) and Active Towed Array Decoy System (ATDS) subsequently. It can also carry an integral ASW helicopter.
 
 
File photo of Kamorta during her trials
 
The ship is manned by a crew comprising 13 officers and 173 sailors with Commander Manoj Jha as her first Commanding Officer. Upon commissioning on 23 August 2014, the ship would become an integral part of the Eastern Fleet under the Eastern Naval Command.