Indian Navy’s largest made warship Kochi will join the fleet tomorrow, September 30, in a ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.
The ship is the second ship of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers. The contract for three ships of Kolkata class was signed as follow-on of the legendary Delhi Class Destroyers, which were commissioned into the Indian Navy more than a decade ago.
Designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai, the ship is christened after the port city of Kochi. Although conceived as follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, this ship has major advancements in weapons and sensors, and incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping, and manoeuvrability.
With a displacement of 7500 tons, the ship spans 164 meters in length and 17 meters at the beam, is propelled by four gas turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship has a complement of about 40 Officers and 350 Sailors.
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