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L 22 Khumbhir Class
(Sov Polnocny )

These vessels were built on direct order from the Indian Navy by Poland's Stocznia Marynarki Wojennej [ Naval Shipyard Gdynia]. Although both are located in Gdansk, this shipyard is separate and distinct from the Stocznia Polnocna shipyard at Gdansk which built the Polnocny landind ships for the Soviet Navy. They were built in two batches of four each. The first four are Type 773I (I for India) and the second batch, with helicopter decks, are designated as the Type 773IM (M for modified). The ships were commissioned in Gdynia, Poland and then sailed to India with Indian crews. The first three vessels of the Type 773I series have been decommissioned. In mid-2002 it was announced that Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL) was to re-engine the four Type 773IM LST(M) with license built SEMT-Pielstick 6PA6 L280 engines with Naval Shipyard Gdynia acting as technical consultant.

In early 2004 the Eastern Naval Command conducted 'Day at Sea' for nearly four hundred schoolchildren from thirty schools of Visakhapatnam. The schoolchildren accompanied by their teachers boarded four ships-INS Sharabh, INS Amba and mine sweepers class ships INS Cannanore and INS Khozikode and spent nearly six hours onboard. The event was aimed at providing first hand experience to young children of various facets of the naval operations. A series of maritime and battle manoeuvres showcasing the operational capability of the ships were conducted at about 35 kms off Visakhapatnam Coast during the day. The naval exercises included helicopter operations at sea, search and rescue at sea by a Chetak helicopter and a close range anti-aircraft gun firing. The children evinced keen interest in the naval exercises. They were given an audio and video presentation on various schemes and procedures for entry into the defence services. On this occasion, children staged an entertainment programme consisting of songs and dances. The event was organised by INS Virbahu, the depot ship of submarines at Visakhapatnam.

The Govt. of India sent a team to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to make an assessment of the situation following the earthquake and tidal waves of 26.12.2004. A consignment of relief materials sailed out from Chennai through INS Sharabh, which went to Kamorta directly.

DisplacementStandard - 1120
Full - 1150
Length 83.9 m
Beam 9.7 m
Draft 2.4 m
Speed15-18 kts
Lift 350 tons,160 troops
Armament 4 x 30 mm (2 twin)
2 x 140 mm 18-tubed rocket launchers
Aircraft Platform only
Crew12 (Officers)
96 (Enlisted)

Name Number Homeport Builder Ordered Comm Decomm
Type 773I
Ghorpad L 14 USSR 1972 16 Jan 1975 Decom
Kesari L 15 1972 15 Aug 1975 Decom
Shardul L 16 1972 24 Nov 1975 Decom
Sharabh L 17 1972 27 Jan 1976
Type 773IM
Cheetah L 18 Feb 1985 2015
Mahish L 19 Jul 1985 2015
Guldar L 21 Mar 1986 2016
Kumbhir L 22 Nov 1986 2016

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