The last of four indigenously-built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes (warships), INS Kavaratti, will be commissioned into the Indian Navy in combat-ready status Thursday. The deployment comes with the force remaining on full operational alert amid tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“It is noteworthy that the ship will be commissioned as a combat-ready platform as the ship has completed sea trials of all the systems fitted onboard,” the Navy said in its statement Wednesday.
Built under Project 28 (Kamorta class), Kavaratti takes its name from the erstwhile INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala class missile corvette and had taken part in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
The new vessel is scheduled to be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam.
Navy looking to buy short-range surface-to-air missile systems
Interestingly, the vessel, like its predecessors, does not have proper air defence systems except for the close-in weapons.
The Navy is also looking to buy short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) systems to be deployed on the Kamorta class corvettes.