Indian Navy’s oldest frigate to be decommissioned on May 28

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INS Gomati (F21) a ship of the Godavari Class, was built at the Mazagaon Docks Ltd here and commissioned on April 16, 1988…reports Asian Lite News

The Indian Navy’s oldest guided-missile frigate, INS Gomati, will be decommissioned on May 28 after 34 years of glorious service to the nation, an official said here on Monday.

After decommissioning, some parts of the warship shall be taken to Lucknow where the Uttar Pradesh government plans to set up an open air museum, near the Gomti River which traverses through the city.

INS Gomati (F21) a ship of the Godavari Class, was built at the Mazagaon Docks Ltd here and commissioned on April 16, 1988.

She was the first vessel of the Indian Navy to have digital electronics in her combat data systems, and combined Indian, Russian and Western weapons systems in her defences.

Western Naval Command chief, Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh would be the chief guest at the decommissioning ceremony on May 28.

Two other Godavari Class frigates – Godavari and Ganga – were decommissioned in 2015 and 2018, respectively, after putting in many years of service to the country.

India-Bangladesh drill

The fourth edition of the Indian Navy-Bangladesh Navy Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) commenced on Sunday, informed the officials.

The patrolling drill commenced in the northern Bay of Bengal and would continue between May 22 and 23.

“Both units will undertake joint patrolling along International Maritime Boundary Line. The last IN-BN CORPAT was conducted in October 2020,” tweeted the naval department.

Indian Navy’s indigenous warships, INSKora and INSSumedha along with Bangladesh Navy’s warships BNS Ali Haider and BNS Abu Ubaidah would touch the waters during patrolling.

Maritime Patrol Aircraft of both navies will also undertake joint patrol along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) during CORPAT.

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