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INS Ranjit to be Decommissioned after 36 years

Published on May 06, 2019
The Indian Navy's frontline missile destroyer INS Ranjit will be decommissioned after 36 years of service.
INS Ranjit to be Decommissioned after 36 years
  • The decommission ceremony will be held at Visakhapatnam's naval dockyard on 6th May 2019.

Details about INS Ranjit:

  • It was commisioned on September 15th, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat in command.
  • It was third of five Kashin-class destroyers (a series of anti-aircraft guided missile destroyers) built by former USSR.
  • As of 2019, only one Kashin-class destroyers ship remains in service with the Russian Navy, and five with the Indian Navy as Rajput-class destroyers.
  • It is the first of five Rajput class destroyers to go out of service.
  • It was constructed with the serial number 'Yard 2203' in 61 Communards shipyard in Nikolev town, in Ukraine.
  • She was launched formally on 16th June 1979 and was given its Russian name "Lovkly" meaning "Agile".
  • With a motto of 'Sada Rane Jayate' or 'Ever Victorious in Battle', INS Ranjit has been at forefront in keeping nation secure and was deployed in a number of operations including IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) operations and Operation Talwar (1999) during Kargil conflict.

Interesting to know:

  • The Rajput-class destroyers (also known as Kashin-II class or Project 61E) are modified versions of Soviet Kashin class destroyers.
  • It includes INS Rajput, INS Rana, INS Ranjit, INS Ranvir and INS Ranvijay.
  • The Rajput class destroyers were first to be fitted with Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles.


Q. Which frontline missile destroyer of the Indian Navy will be decommissioned after 36 years of service?
a. INS Ranjit

b. INS Ranvir
c. INS Rajput
d. INS Rana

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