Monday, July 26, 2010

India - Commissioning of the ship MAGAR - Special Cover

Along with the INS Brahmaputra special cover i received a special cover which was released on the occasion of commissioning of the ship MAGAR on 15 July 1987 from Mr. Sekhar Chakrabarti.

The Magar class ships are amphibious warfare vessels of the Indian Navy, currently in active service. Only two ships of the class were designed and built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited, with fitting completed at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers.

The ships are stationed at the naval base in Vishakapatnam on India's east coast.

It can operate two medium-lift helicopters, which are primarily meant for "inserting" a small team of Special Forces (marine commandos). To discharge its cargo and most of the troops, it needs to be "beached" through its 'bow-door' (in the front). 
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