Indian Navy’s Frontline Missile Destroyer INS Ranjit to be Decommissioned

INS Ranjit, the Indian Navy’s frontline missile destroyer, will retire at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam on May 6 after having served for 36 years. INS Ranjit is the third of the five Rajput-class destroyers built for the Indian Navy. Ranjit was commissioned on 24 November 1983.

With a motto of ‘Sada Rane Jayate’ or ‘Ever Victorious in Battle’, INS Ranjit was at the forefront of keeping the nation secure and participated in a number of operations, it said. Some of these include IPKF operations and Operation Talwar during Kargil conflict. In 2003, the ship was deployed off Mozambique to provide security cover for the African Union Summit.

INS Ranjit was constructed as Yard 2203 in the 61 Communards shipyard in the town of Nikolev in present-day Ukraine. The keel of the ship was laid on 29 June 1977 and she was launched on 16 June 1979. The ship was given its Russian name “Lovkly” which means “Agile”.

The ship was also actively deployed as part of relief operations after the 2004 tsunami and cyclone Hud-hud in 2014. In recognition of her service, the ship was awarded Unit Citation in 2003-04 and 2009-10. 

The naval ensign and the commissioning pennant would be lowered for the last time on May 9 onboard INS Ranjit.



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