Mumbai: After having served the Navy for
over 30 years, the Indian Naval Ship INS Bedi was today
decommissioned at Naval Dockyard in south Mumbai.
Rear Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding
Maharshtra and Gujarat Area, hauled down the Naval Ensign and
lowered the decommissioning pennant, bidding adieu to the
Bedi, the third ship of the 19 Mine Counter Measure
Squadron based in Mumbai, was acquired from the erstwhile
Soviet Union and commissioned at Riga in USSR on April 27,1959
by I K Gujaral, the then Ambassador of India to USSR, with
Lieutenant Commander S N Chopra as her first Captain.
With her motto as "Lead to protect", the ship was
entrusted with the daunting task of going into `harm`s way` to
clear the channel off mines, thus making way for the
formidable warships of the Navy to pass safely.
The ship has also carried out assistance during
natural calamities and has taken part in numerous operations
conducted by the Navy under the command of as many as 25