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Glorious service coming to an end




#INSRajput, the first of Rajput Class Destroyers of the #IndiaNavy, will be decommissioned at a solemn ceremony at #Visakhapatnam on 21 May 21. Commissioned on 04 May 1980, the ship has rendered yeoman service to the Nation for over 41 years
Best looking warship in the Navy by far
 

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A small picture series to celebrate the journey
Built to Indian Navy needs in USSR(Improved Kashin class/Kashin II), she is also the first USSR/Russian built warship in IN service

Here she is in USSR numbers prior to IN handover
Courtesy: Here

With Twin SA-N-1 launchers that can fire upto 4 missiles before reload, the missiles can engage at distances upto 30 Km and heights upto 75000 Ft, screaming into the target at Mach 2!
She carried 44 of these behemoths in total

With her four M3E(Zoryas?) Gas Turbine engines working at full steam, she can sprint at upto 35Kts!.

Just some distraction :-)

The SA-N-1 Firing

Looks like a painting!

Firing a Heavy weight Torpedo, 53-61M "Alligator" in action

Close up shot!(Also demonstrates the massive size of the weapons systems)
 

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The Indian Navy ALH Mark-3 inducted into service with the strategic Eastern Naval Command(INAS 322), second one after the "Sword Arm" flight at Goa(INAS 323)




Best image so far, the ALH with the bigger but older Westland Seaking 42C and Kamov-28 in the background
Images shared by MoD PRO Vishakhapatnam on Twitter
Another great bit of news is that the first of the Romeos will be handed over to the Navy by next month quantum leap in capabilities for the Naval Air Arm



From Commander KP Sanjeev Kumar's article:
the aircraft has a nose-mounted surveillance radar with 270-degree coverage that can detect, classify and track multiple marine targets; it has synthetic-aperture radar, inverse synthetic-aperture radar, and moving target indication classification functions, including weather mode. There is also a multi-spectral electro-optic (EO) pod for reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and range finding with stowable control grip on copilot side.
Other features include a removable medical intensive care unit for the air ambulance role; high-intensity searchlight, loudhailer, 12.7-mm cabin-mounted machine gun (with provisions on the left side), traffic alert and collision avoidance system, V/UHF communication system with data modem, IFF Mk-XII with Mode S transponder, automatic identification system, automatic deployable emergency location transmitter, solid state digital video recorder, pressure refueling system, 360-degree search-and-rescue homer with coverage from 110-410 MHz, electrical rescue winch with rescue basket for double-lift (250 kilograms/550 pounds), control grip (winchman mini-stick) in cabin for air-sea rescue, and upgraded IADS and automatic flight control system software.
https://verticalmag.com/news/indian-navy-coast-guard-alh-dhruv-mk-iii/



The Medical ICU conversion of a Mark-3 ALH (INAS 323)
 

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Indian Navy joint exercise with the EU Naval Force off Somalia
Vessels included the ITS Carabiniere, FS Surcouf, ESPS Navarra, FS Tonnerre and the INS Trikand
Really great shots of the INS Trikand


With the FREMM

ESPS Navarra in the background

Embarked HAL Chetak

The FS Tonnerre in the background

Image from the heli deck of the Flagship of EU NAVFOR, ITS Carabiniere

NH-90, AB 212, AS 565 and Chetak
Joint press release:
On 18-19 June 2021, the European Union (EU) and India conducted a joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Aden. The exercise involved Indian Navy frigate Trikand, EU NAVFOR Somalia - Operation Atalanta (link is external) assets, including Italian frigate Carabiniere (Atalanta’s flagship) and Spanish frigate Navarra, French frigate Surcouf and French amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre. The exercise was based on the scenario of an anti-piracy operation. It included cross-deck helicopter landings, complex tactical evolutions at sea, live firing, a night-time joint patrol and a naval parade in the high seas off the coast of Somalia.
 

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Close up shots of the INS Vikrant

Looks magnificent


The trusty AK-630 CIWS





Helpful labeling by Amit Kashyap/DefenceDecode
 

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Varuna ESM system on the INS Tabar!
Sitting above the Fregat M2 sensor

Image shared by @IndiainItaly on Twitter
Details by Amit Kashyap/Defence Decode
1. VARUNA ESM SYSTEM It is a ship-borne Modern ESM System, indigenously designed n developed by DLRL fr installation on a different class of naval ships of
@IndianNavy. For Interception, Detection,
+ Classification & Id of conventional & modern LPI radars. • Hybrid Receivers to meet strategic and tactical ES requirements with 100% Probability of Intercept over C to J Frequency Band • Capability to Build, Update and Monitor Activity of 500 Radars • 360 deg cover
Credit to Twitter handle @Mark99xm on Twitter for pointing out
 

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