India: Defence minister Parrikar commissions new warship INS Chennai
The INS Chennai is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles and Barak-8 long range surface-to-air missiles. Photograph: (AFP)
Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday commissioned the INS Chennai, the country's third indigenously-designed guided missile destroyer in the Kolkata class, news agency Press Trust of India reported.
The ship was constructed by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai.
'INS Chennai' is one of the largest destroyers constructed in India and at 164 metres in length and with a displacement of over 7,500 tonnes, the ship is also one of the largest in the Indian fleet.
Armed with supersonic surface to surface 'BrahMos' missiles and 'Barak-8' long-range surface to air missiles, the ship possesses formidable missile technology prowess.
The ship is designed to carry and operate up to two multi-role helicopters.
The ship is going to be assigned to the western fleet after completion of some additional trials of systems deployed on it, PTI reports.
INS Chennai will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Western Naval Command.
(WION with inputs from PTI)