Indian Navy’s front-line missile destroyer INS Ranjit was decommissioned at naval dockyard at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, after serving for 36 years.
- It was commissioned in September 1983. It was purchased from Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). It was third of five Kashin-class destroyers.
- Its motto was 'Sada Rane Jayate' or 'Ever Victorious in Battle'. It was awarded with ‘Unit Citation’ in recognition of her service in 2003-04 and 2009-10.
- In its 36 years of service, the ship has served both western and eastern seaboard and has been the flagship of both the western and eastern fleets.
- It had undertaken some of key operations such as Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) operations in Sri Lanka and Operation Talwar during Kargil conflict.
- In 2003, it was deployed off Mozambique coast to provide security cover to African Union (AU) Summit.
- It was also actively deployed as part of relief operations post 2004 Tsunami and cyclone Hud-Hud in 2014.