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Project 16-A Brahmaputra Class - Units

INS Brahmaputra

In mid-2000 INS Brahmaputra, the latest guided-missile frigate of the Indian Navy arrived in Mumbai to join the Western Naval Command. This lead ship of the 'Brahmputra' class of ships was designed by Indian Navy's Directorate of Naval Design and built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Calcutta.

INS Brahmaputra was commissioned at M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata by the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes on April 14, 2000. What makes her unique is the fact that she is not only capable of taking on the best but it is almost entirely Indian in design, construction, propulsion package, state-of-the-art sensor suite and in her deadly weapon package as well.

The new Brahmaputra is a proud bearer of the pennant number and crest of her predecessor, a one-horned Indian Rhinoceros, which lent Brahmaputra her sobriquet of the Raging Rhino. It was a milestone in the history of the Indian Armed Forces when these two illustrious units -Bengal Sappers and INS Brahmaputra decided to form a unique alliance. The aim of this affiliation is to act as a force multiplier within the Armed Forces by fostering greater harmony and understanding of each other's traditions, culture and combat potential. Capt Prem Nair, Commanding Officer INS Brahmaputra, signed the charter of affiliation along with Brig SN Mukherjee, Commandant, Bengal Engineer Group and Centre (BEG&C) Roorkee in the presence of Lt Gen Ravi Chadha, Colonel Commandant Bengal Sappers and Rear Admiral JS Bedi, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet.

This 3600-ton, 440-ft long indigenous ship can sustain speed in excess of 30 knots and has been built with capability for extended 'blue-water' naval operations. The ship with extensive long-range sensors and weapons can tackle enemy units operating in all three mediums namely sub-surface, surface and air. With two multi-mission helicopters, sixteen Uran tactical surface-to-surface missiles, 'Sea-Eagle' air-to-surface missiles, 'Trishul' surface-to-air missile system, 76 mm super-rapid gun mount, four 30 mm guns capable of firing 6000 rounds per minute and helo and ship launched torpedoes, Brahmaputra is a force to reckon with in any scenario of modern naval warfare.

The ship also has modern electronic warfare capabilities and can also operate in an environment contaminated by nuclear, chemical or biological fall-out.

INS Brahmaputra, named after the mighty Brahmaputra, assumes prosperity and plenty like the sea when calm but creates havoc when roused to anger. She is the second frigate of the Indian Navy to bear this illustrious name. The first Brahmaputra was a modified Leopard class (British) frigate. Ordered in 1955, she was commissioned on March 28, 1958 to become the first major warship to be built in Great Britain for the Indian Navy, after independence. She rendered yeoman service to the nation for 29 years. She was decommissioned on June 30, 1986.

INS Beas

INS Beas, the latest guided missile frigate built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata was commissioned into Indian Navy in Kolkata by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Arun Prakash, on 11 July 2005.

Beas, a 3600-ton warship, is densely packed with state-of-the-art weapons. The ship has an advanced computerised action information system for command and control of all weapons and sensors. The ship is propelled by two 15,000 BHP steam turbines and is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots.

Beas was the third of the series of the 'P-16A' class built by GRSE. The ship, like her predecessors INS Brahmaputra and INS Betwa, has been designed with a sophisticated indigenous weapon and sensor suite to enhance the Indian Navy's future combat capability. The commissioning of this ship reinforces Navy's sustained commitment to indigenisation and reflects the technological strides made by the Indian shipbuilding and support industry.

The ship has been designed by the Directorate General, Naval Design, Naval Headquarters and is yet another addition to the series of successful projects like the 'Delhi' class destroyers, 'Godavari' class frigates and the 'Kora' class corvettes which have gained worldwide recognition over the years. Majority of the weapon fire control systems, sonar, and navigational and communication suites onboard Beas has been supplied by public sector units like M/s BEL, ECIL, HAL and Keltron.

The name Beas brings back memories of its earlier incarnation which saw over 32 years of glorious service in Indian Navy from May 1960 to December 1992. During this period, Beas earned the unique distinction in Indian Naval history of having been in the thick of all war campaigns that the Indian Navy has been involved in, post-independence. The first Beas was a 'Leopard' class frigate built in the UK. The new Beas signifies the coming of age of the indigenous ship-building industry in the Indian Navy which aims to become a builder's navy.

INS Betwa

INS Betwa, the latest guided missile frigate built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Kolkata by the former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Madhvendra Singh.

Betwa is the second of the series of the P-16A class built by GRSE. The ship, like her predecessor INS Brahmaputra, has been designed with a sophisticated indigenous weapon and sensor suite to enhance the Indian Navy's future combat capability. The commissioning of this ship reinforced the Navy's sustained commitment to indigenisation and reflected the technological strides made by the Indian ship building industry.

The ship was designed by the Directorate General Naval Design, Naval Headquarters and is yet another addition to the series of successful projects like the Delhi class destroyers, Godavari class frigates and the Kora class corvettes, which have gained worldwide recognition over the years. At present, the Design Organisation of the Navy is involved in design and production of five major projects including the Air Defence Ship, the P-17 stealth frigates, gas turbine frigates of P-15A and the ASW corvettes.

The name Betwa brings back nostalgic memories of the earlier Betwa which saw over 31 years of glorious service in the Indian Navy from 1960 to 1991, during which she took part in the Liberation of Goa in 1961, Indo-Pak conflict of 1971 and operation Cactus in Male in 1988. The first Betwa was a Leopard class frigate built in the UK. However, the new Betwa signifies the coming of age of the indigenous ship-building industry.

The delivery of the second frigate of this project by GRSE once again confirmed the growing capability of GRSE in building advanced warships for the Indian Navy and its status as one of the leading shipyards in the country. The build quality and technological prowess of the Indian shipyards has been lauded the world over and was a matter of pride of the nation.

During MALABAR-15, the Indian Navy will be represented by INS Shivalik an indigenous frigate, INS Ranvijay a guided missile destroyer, INS Betwa an indigenous frigate and INS Shakti a Fleet Support Ship. In addition, one Sindhugosh class submarine, INS Sindhudhvaj, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I and integral rotary wing helicopters are also scheduled to participate in the trilateral exercise.

The 2016 winner of the Indian Navy's "most spirited ship" award may have ended its life after an accident at a naval dockyard. In the previous five years, the Indian Navy has witnessed more than two dozen accidents leading to the loss of three major naval warships including a Kilo class submarine.

The recently refurbished Indian naval warship may have become a complete write off after capsizing in a Mumbai dockyard. Initial findings behind the loss of the highly-prized 3,850-ton guided missile frigate Betwa attributed the accident to the failure of the dock block mechanism.

"There has been an incident in the cruiser grounding dock at the naval dockyard in Mumbai involving INS Betwa. The incident occurred during undocking evolution wherein it is suspected that dock block mechanism failed," said Indian Navy Spokesperson Capt D K Sharma. According to navy official, the 126.5-meter ship capsized while it was being undocked after a refit. The mast of the ship hit the dockyard ground. Sources said that 14 persons were rescued with minor injuries while diving was in progress to look for two missing crew.

Commissioned in year 2004, INS Betwa can sail with a speed of 27 knots and is armed with anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles and torpedoes. The damaged ship INS Betwa had received 'most spirited ship' of Indian Navy for year 2016. India's Ministry of Defense document shows that more than two-dozen accidents have been reported involving naval warship and submarine since year 2011.

Winner of the Indian Navy's "most spirited ship" award for the year 2016, India the ship that capsized at a Mumbai dockyard. Defense sources said 23 February 2017 that INS Betwa, a guided missile frigate, was back on even keel. "The ship was made upright on Tuesday night and is now floating on even keel. The condition is good. There is some water inside which is being pumped out," Navy Spokesperson Capt DK Sharma said. The ship would now be moved to a nearby dock either Hughes or Duncan.

US-based Resolve Marine Group had been contracted by the Indian Navy to bring the ship to level position as it lacked crane big enough to lift the big ship. Resolve Marine Group had also salvaged the Indian Navy submarine Sindhurakshak that sank in the Mumbai Naval Dockyard on August 14, 2013. However, the submarine has not been able to perform its operations at full capability till date.



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