A 50 Deepak Class
The long refit of the INS Shakti was planned to be taken up from September 1989 onwards. Due to non-availability of items/equipment for replacement, it was constantly re-scheduled and a short refit-cum-dry-docking was given from 1 January to 1 June 1990. Long refit was actually taken up from June 1991 and was completed in 42 months against the scheduled time of 18 months. The delay was attributable to late receipt of materials, additions in work, non availability of items for replacement of a beyond economical repair equipment and noticing of fresh defects during refit etc. Not taking up of the long refit of INS Shakti in September 1989 led to deterioration in the state of the ship with tube leaks during chemical cleaning and steaming. Delay in supply of the materials further prolonged the refit time of this ship. Besides, leakage during chemical cleaning of the boilers necessitated several reworks. Eventually the long refit could be completed only on 14 November 1994.
Due to delay in completion of long refit of INS Shakti, docking slot remained occupied and normal refit of INS Deepak which was due in September 1991 and short refit due in February 1993 could not be taken up. Failure to undertake the refits as and when they were due, caused deterioration in the material state of INS Deepak beyond redemption and a decision was taken in November 1994 to decommission it. Despite this, normal refit was taken up in August 1994 and was carried out up to November 1995 involving an expenditure of Rs 1.23 crore. The ship was ultimately decommissioned in April 1996. Consequently, the expenditure of Rs 1.23 crore incurred on repair/refit proved unfruitful.
|Displacement||Standard - 6785|
Full - 15828
|Deepak||A 50||20 Nov 1967||1996|
|Shakti||A 57||31 Dec 1975|
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