Kochi: The indigenously built INS Kalpeni,
the latest Fast Attack Craft, was on Thursday commissioned into the
Indian Navy by Kerala high court chief justice J Chelameswar.
The Ship propelled by three powerful Water Jets can
achieve speed in excess of 35 Knots.
INS Kalpeni will operate under the Flag Officer Commanding
in Chief Southern Naval Command and would be based at Kochi,
a Naval press release said.
The ship would bolster the capabilities of Southern Naval
Command in coastal surveillance and search and destruction of
fast moving targets. The Ship commanded by Lieutenant
Commander Subhal Nathan has a crew of 3 officers and 38
The formal and solemn ceremony commenced with the
Inspection of a Guard of Honour by the Chief Justice.
The Commanding Officer of INS Kalpeni then introduced
the Crew of the Ship to the Chief Guest.
The Commissioning Warrant signed by the Chief of Naval
Staff was then read out by the Commanding Officer.
The Naval Ensign and the National Flag was hoisted
onboard the Ship for the first time along with the traditional
breaking of the Commissioning Pennant. This ceremony was
carried out with the Parading of the Colour Guard and to the
accompaniment of the National Anthem. Later, the Hon?ble
Justice unveiled the Ships Plaque.
Justice Chelameswar said the even peace loving nations have
to negotiate the terms of peace from a position of strength.
Rear Admiral KC Shekar, Chairman and Managing Director Garden
Reach Shipyard said the ship with nearly 95 per cent
indigenous content was completed in 24 months.
Vice Admiral KN Sushil, Flag officer Commanding in Chief,
Southern Naval Command complemented the Shipbuilder in the
construction of the ship. The Admiral also dwelt upon the
clear and present challenges to the security environment in
the area and expressed optimism that the ship would rise up to
INS Kalpeni, an improved version of the Bangaram Class Fast
Attack Craft is conceived, designed and built indigenously.
The commissioning of the ship is another milestone in the
continuing saga of indigenisation in the field of warship
design and construction.
Kalpeni is the seventh of a batch of 10 ships being built
at Garden Reach Shipyard Kolkota. The main armament of the
ship is 30mm CRN 91 Gun with an Optronic Pedestal Sight as its
Director. In addition the ship has been fitted with 11 Machine
guns of various types and shoulder launched IGLA Surface to
Air Missiles to neutralise aerial threats.