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INS Magdala, built at Leningrad in the erstwhile USSR, was commissioned on May 10, 1984 by Vice Admiral KK Nayyar, the then Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command. The ship was a part of the 20th Mine Counter Measure Squadron (MCMS) and was placed under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Kerala & Lakshadweep) at Kochi.

The ship took its name from the minor port of Magdala, located 5 miles inshore of river Tapti at the Gulf of Khambat (Cambay). She was an inshore minesweeper (IMS) specially designed and built with glass reinforced plastic hull. The ship was capable of operating in approaches to harbour and inshore waters in order to search, locate and destroy various types of mines.

During her commission, she undertook various operational commitments such as mine counter- measure exercises, tractional exercises, visits to various minor ports and search and rescue missions. In her 17 years of glorious and distinguished service, INS Magdala covered over 45000 nautical miles. The ship also paid a goodwill visit to Male in October 1989.

As the naval band played Last Post, the national flag and national ensign fluttering on INS Magdala were lowered for the last time in early 2002. That marked the decommissioning of INS Magdala, the sixth ship under project 1258 E. Earlier, the ship hoisted the 'paying off pennant' as per the naval traditions. After lowering down the pennant as part of decommissioning, the Commanding Officer of INS Magdala handed over the pennant to Vice Admiral Harinder Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command.

As the wavelets of last post poured out into the sky, the Naval personnel lowered the paying off pennant hoisted on INS Malvan, an inshore minesweeper, marking her decommissioning. The pennant was handed over to Rear admiral RP Suthan, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command by the Commanding Officer of the ship, Lt Cdr HS Sandhu.

INS Malvan was the first of inshore minesweeper (IMS) class of ships to be commissioned on May 16, 1983 and the second ship of the 20th Mine Counter Measure Squadron (MCMS) to be decommissioned. The ship takes its name from the bay of Malvan, located 60 nautical miles north of Goa near Karli river. The ship, during her 19 years of service travelled over 59004 nautical miles and was at sea for 943 days. She had undertaken operational commitments including mine counter measure exercises, tactical exercises, visits to various major and minor ports and had carried search and rescue (SAR) missions.

Malvan, specially designed and built at Leningrad in the USSR, was capable of operating at the approaches to harbours and inshore waters to search, locate and destroy various types of mines. The ship formed a part of local flotilla under the operational control of the Naval Officer in Charge, Kerala and Lakshadeep.

Indian Naval Ship Mahe was decommissioned on 15 May 2006 at the Naval Base, Kochi, after 24 years of service. The ceremony was held in the presence of Vice-Admiral Jagjit Singh Bedi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command. Lt. Cdr. Boyiri Varma, last commanding officer of INS Mahe, delivered the pre-decommissioning speech. With sunset, the Colour Guard presented arms as the national flag and the naval ensign were hauled down. The ensign was handed over to the commanding officer. With the sounding of the Last Post, the paying off pennant (decommissioning pennant) was also hauled down, bringing to an end INS Mahe's naval service. Many officers and sailors who served onboard this ship witnessed the decommissioning ceremony. The ship, 26 meters long with a tonnage of 100 tonnes, was primarily used for inshore minesweeping, harbor defence and coastal patrolling.

The Indian Naval Ship Malpe was decommissioned at the Naval Base, Kochi, on 04 December 2006. The 100-tonne ship was primarily used for inshore mine sweeping, harbour defence and coastal patrolling. Vice Admiral Jagjit Singh Bedi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, was among those present at the decommissioning ceremony. He inspected a 50-man guard of honor. Cdr. Varun Singh, the last commanding officer of INS Malpe, delivered the pre-decommissioning speech. With sunset, the Colour Guard presented arms while the National Flag and the Naval Ensign were hauled down. The Ensign was handed over to the commanding officer. With the sounding of the `Last Post', the paying off pennant was also hauled down, bringing an end to INS Malpe's 22 years of service in the Navy. Many officers and sailors who had served in the ship were present at the ceremony to bid farewell to the vessel. Vice Admiral K.K. Nayyar, the then Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, commissioned the ship on May 10, 1984, in Kochi.



Specifications
Displacement Full - 90 tons
Length24.6
Beam 5.5 m
Draft 1.5 m
Range 300 miles @ 10 knots
Speed11 kts
Armament 2 x 25 mm (twin)
Crew 10

Ships
Name Number Homeport Builder Ordered Comm Decomm
Mahé M 83 Kochi 16 May 1983 15 May 2006
Malvan M 84 Kochi 16 May 1983 05 Jan 2003
Mangrol M 85 Kochi 16 May 1983 07 Apr 2004
Malpe M 86 Kochi 10 May 1984 04 Dec 2006
Mulki M 87 Kochi 10 May 1984 decommissioned
Magdala M 88 Kochi 10 May 1984 February 2002




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