Admiral Dhowan commissions INS Kadmatt into Indian Navy

Visakhapatnam: Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan, on Thursday commissioned INS Kadmatt into the Indian Navy at a ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard here.

Kadmatt, the second ship of Project 28 (P28) class Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvettes, is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, the Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata.

Addressing the gathering, Admiral Dhowan said: “Commissioning of INS Kadmatt marks yet another milestone in our journey towards self-reliance and Make-in-India.”

He said the new INS Kadmatt would proudly carry forward the name that she inherited from her illustrious predecessor, the older Petya Class.

The earlier Kadmatt, also an ASW Corvette, acquired in 1968 from the erstwhile Soviet Union, distinguished herself in the 24 years of service to the nation, particularly during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, and Operation Tasha.

INS Kadmatt is named after one of the large islands amongst the Lakshadweep group of Islands off the west coast of India.

The commissioning of INS Kadmatt signified the importance of our Island territories as our maritime interests said the Admiral.

INS Kadmatt is one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India. The ships of P28 class have been constructed using high grade steel (DMR 249A) produced in India. With a displacement of 3,300 tonnes, the sleek and magnificent ship spans 109 meters in length and 13.7 meters at the beam and is propelled by four diesel engines to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots with an endurance of 3450 Nm. Some of the advanced stealth features have been incorporated in this ship.

INS Kadmatt has a multitude of networks such as Total Atmospheric Control System (TACS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Battle Damage Control System (BDCS) and Personnel Locator System (PLS) to provide a contemporary and process oriented System of Systems for optimal functioning of the warship.

The unique feature of this ship is the high level of indigenisation incorporated in the production, accentuating our national objective of ‘Make in India’. About 90per cent of the ship is indigenous and the ship is equipped to fight in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.

With the changing power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region, INS Kadmatt will augment the mobility, reach and flexibility of Indian Navy. (ANI)