Named INS Chennai, the ship has an overall length of 164 m with displacement of more than 7,500 tonnes. It has been built at Mazagon Dock, the assemblers of French Scorpene submarines.
Parrikar launched the ship in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lamba.
Mumbai: INS Chennai commissioned into Navy pic.twitter.com/VOYEIa77UC— ANI (@ANI_news) 21 ноября 2016 г.
“It is a very historic day and most important for maritime security. The induction of INS Chennai is an important milestone,” he said on the occasion.
INS Chennai has Russian and Israeli missiles and comes with many advanced features.
The India Navy plans to induct 200 warships of various sizes by 2027 as a part of the Government’s strategy to become a naval superpower to counter increasing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean and beyond.