INS Kadmatt, second ship of Project 28
(P28) class Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvettes, was commissioned into the
Indian Navy by the Chief of Naval Staff at a glittering ceremony held at Naval
Dockyard, Visakhapatnam today. The event marks the formal induction into the
Navy of the second of the four ASW Corvettes, indigenously designed by the
Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design and
constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata.
the gathering Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff said that
“Commissioning of INS Kadmatt marks yet another milestone in our journey
towards self-reliance and Make-in-India”. He further said that the new
INS Kadmatt commissioned today, would proudly carry forward
the name she inherits from her illustrious predecessor, the older Petya Class.
The earlier Kadmatt, also an ASW Corvette, acquired in 1968
from the erstwhile Soviet Union, distinguished herself in the 24 years of service
to the nation, particularly during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Operation Pawan in
Sri Lanka, and Operation Tasha.
INS Kadmatt is named after one of the large
islands amongst the Lakshadweep group of Islands off the west coast of India.
The Lakshadweep Islands and the Navy share a special relation with the Island
chain being home to our base INS Dweeprakshak, as well as detachments on
Minicoy, Androth and Bitra Islands. The commissioning of INS Kadmatt today
signifies the importance of our Island territories as our maritime interests
said the Admiral.
Regarded as a very prestigious acquisition, INS Kadmatt is one of the most
potent warships to have been constructed in India. The ships of P28 class have
been constructed using high grade steel (DMR 249A) produced in India. With a
displacement of 3300 tonnes, the sleek and magnificent ship spans 109 meters in
length and 13.7 meters at the beam and is propelled by four diesel engines to
achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots with an endurance of 3450 Nm. Some of the
advanced stealth features have been incorporated in this ship.
INS Kadmatt has a
multitude of networks such as Total Atmospheric Control System (TACS),
Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Integrated Bridge System (IBS),
Battle Damage Control System (BDCS) and Personnel Locator System (PLS) to
provide a contemporary and process oriented System of Systems for optimal
functioning of the warship.
feature of this ship is the high level of indigenisation incorporated in the
production, accentuating our national objective of ‘Make in India’. About 90% of the ship is indigenous and the ship is equipped
to fight in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions. INS Kadmatt
has many firsts to its credit which include the rail-less helo traversing
system and foldable hangar door for the integral ASW helicopter. The ship’s
weapons and sensors suite is predominantly indigenous and showcases the
nation’s growing capability in this niche area. Some of the major equipment/ systems
developed indigenously include Combat Management System, Rocket Launcher,
Torpedo Tube Launchers and Infra-Red Signature Suppression System.
The ship’s crew comfort has
been a significant feature in the design of INS Kadmatt and has been
ensured through ergonomically designed accommodation and galley compartments using
modular concept. The ship is commanded by Commander Mahesh Chandra Moudgil and would
be an integral part of the Eastern Fleet under the Eastern Naval Command.
changing power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region, INS Kadmatt will augment
the mobility, reach and flexibility of Indian Navy.