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INS Ranjit decommissioned from Indian Navy

Date: 04 May 2019 Tags: Defence & Security

Indian Navy’s front-line missile destroyer INS Ranjit was decommissioned at naval dockyard at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, after serving for 36 years.

INS Ranjit

  • 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.