Friday, December 2, 2022

 Decommissioning of INS Ganga – 2018

INS Ganga of Indian Navy is the fourth ship to bear this illustrious name and was commissioned into Indian Navy on 30 Dec 1985. A Godavari class ship built by Mazagaon Docks ltd Mumbai was decommissioned on 22 Mar 2018 after 33 years of glorious Service to the Nation.

A Special Cover was released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 21 Mar 2018 to commemorate the event.

INS Ganga, the second of the indigenously built ‘Godavari’ class guided missile frigate, was commissioned into the #IndianNavy on 30 December 1985. The ship has a displacement of 4,200 tonnes, a length of 125 metres and a beam of 14.4 metres and is capable of speed in excess of 25 knots. The ship is manned by a crew of 30 officers and 300 sailors. The ship is fitted with a medium range gun, close range anti-aircraft guns, surface to surface missiles, surface to air Barak missiles and torpedo launchers. The ship has a wide array of sensors which cover all facets of maritime warfare. In addition to operating a combination of Seaking, ALH and Chetak helicopters, the ship is also capable of operating UAVs over the sea. This enables the ship to perform a wide variety of roles including coastal and offshore patrolling, monitoring of Sea Lines of Communication, maritime diplomacy and counter terrorism and anti-piracy operations. The ship is one of the early examples of “Make in India” with respect to indigenous warship design and building capability, as it was designed entirely by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai. The ship is named after the holy Ganga River in North India flowing from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. The crest of Ganga represents the snow covered mountain peaks of the Himalayas which is the source of the river, with green valleys in the foreground and the river flowing through the valley in blue colour. The ship lives up to and by her motto of ‘Fight to Vanquish the Enemy’.

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