Mumbai - Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh commissioned the stealth guided missile destroyer INS Imphal at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, today. This marks a significant milestone in bolstering India's maritime strength, emphasizing self-reliance in defense.
With 75% indigenous content, INS Imphal showcases advanced stealth features and state-of-the-art equipment, contributing to India's naval prowess and safeguarding national interests. The ship aligns with the principle of 'Jalmev Yasya, Balmev Tasya' in the Indo-Pacific region, ensuring control over crucial sea routes.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh highlighted the ship's significance, describing it as a manifestation of 'Aatmanirbharta' and a symbol of India's growing maritime power. INS Imphal, measuring 163m in length and 7,400 tonnes in displacement, is propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines, capable of speeds exceeding 30 knots.
The ceremony emphasized the collaborative efforts involving Brahmos Aerospace, Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited, and various startups and MSMEs, showcasing the diverse strengths contributing to INS Imphal's construction.
Addressing security concerns, Shri Rajnath Singh condemned recent attacks on Merchant Vessels 'Chem Pluto' and 'Sai Baba,' affirming India's commitment to bringing perpetrators to justice. He emphasized India's role as a Net Security Provider in the Indian Ocean Region, ensuring secure sea lanes for maritime trade.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar praised INS Imphal as a symbol of the Navy's commitment to self-reliance in defense. He outlined the ship's role in countering physical threats and maintaining national unity, expressing confidence in the timely commissioning of the fourth Project 15B destroyer, 'Surat,' in 2024.
INS Imphal, named after a city in the North-east, stands out as the first warship dedicated to the region, highlighting its importance to the nation. The ship's rapid construction and trials, completed in less than six months, showcase a record time frame for any indigenous destroyer.
The ceremony was attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Eknath Shinde, Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, and Shri Sanjeev Singhal. With a complement of 315 personnel, INS Imphal, commanded by Captain KK Choudhury, enhances the Navy's mobility, reach, and flexibility in safeguarding maritime security and interests.
INS Imphal, armed with advanced weapons and sensors, operates under Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical warfare conditions, demonstrating India's commitment to a self-reliant and secure future.