India’s deadliest warship missile destroyer INS Kochi began its service

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Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday commissioned India’s deadliest warship, missile destroyer INS Kochi  at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Naval warship INS Kochi is the second ship of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers. According to one of the defense spokesperson,  the contract for three ships of Kolkata class was signed as follow-on of the legendary Delhi-class Destroyers, which were commissioned into the Navy more than a decade ago.

Commissioning is an age-old ceremonial tradition of formally inducting a ‘man of war’ into naval service.Designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ship builders Ltd in Mumbai, the ship is christened after the vibrant port city of Kochi. Although conceived as follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, this ship is vastly superior and has major advancements in weapons and sensors. The ship incorporates new design concepts for improved livability, stealth, sea-keeping and maneuverability.

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