The dedication ceremony of the P15A Guided Missile Destroyer was marked by a series of drills and events, besides unveiling of a plaque by Palaniswami at the Chennai Port Trust. Naval ship ‘INS Chennai’ was formally dedicated to the city today in the presence of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht. Vice-Admiral Bisht in his brief address said the navy was fully geared to meet the challenges at sea. INS Chennai has been anchored here since April 15 and was visited by more than 5,000 people, including 2,000 students, the release added.
The Missile Destroyer ship, commissioned by then Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar last year, is one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister urged the Navy to protect the maritime interests of the state and the fishermen. “We are proud of our armed forces, who protect us from external enemies. They ensure that we are able to enjoy our freedom and democracy. The Indian Navy has always assisted the state during natural disasters,” the Chief Minister said.
Eastern Naval Command, Commanding-in-Chief, Vice-Admiral, H C S Bisht, who was present, said the Navy was fully geared to meet the challenges at sea. The vessel’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities include indigenously developed rocket and torpedo launchers. Besides, it is equipped to fight under nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions. Some major indigenised equipment on-board include combat management system, rocket launcher, torpedo tube launcher, automated power management system and the bow mounted SONAR.