India Inducts Country's Largest Warship Into Navy
09:51 30.09.2015(updated 10:02 30.09.2015)
Sputnik correspondent reports that Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar commissioned INS Kochi, which is reportedly the largest warship ever built in the country.
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar commissioned INS Kochi, which is reportedly the largest warship ever built in the country, in Mumbai on Wednesday, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
INS Kochi, the second of three Kolkata-class destroyers, was laid in October 2009. According to local media reports, it will become the tenth destroyer in the Indian combat fleet. The ship weighs almost 8,300 tons and is 535 feet long.
'We will develop a real blue ocean Navy. A Navy that can dominate the Indian Ocean Region, and while dominating it be considered friendly by its neighbors. We have already done so during my tenure itself, like [supplying] water to the Maldives and [rescuing] of our nationals along with the nationals of 22 other countries from Yemen without [any] damage to us,' Parrikar said in a speech during the commissioning.
The first Kolkata-class vessel, the INS Kolkata, was commissioned in India in August 2014. The INS Chennai, which will become the third ship of this kind, will be commissioned in late 2016, according to the local media.
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