FRIGATES OF INDIAN NAVY

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The Indian Navy is a well-balanced and cohesive three-dimensional force, capable of operating above, on and under the surface of the oceans, efficiently safeguarding our national interests.

The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) exercises operational and administrative control of the Indian Navy from the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy). He is assisted by the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) and three other Principal Staff Officers, namely the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS), the Chief of Personnel (COP) and the Chief of Material (COM).

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Indian Navy is equipped with Frigates, Destroyers, Carriers, Corvettes and much more. It’s very obvious to be curious to know about all these. Curiosity about the Indian ships and submarines are generated by Indian Navy itself. It’s fascinating collection of ships and submarines leave us with no other option than to wanting to know more.

Here I shall talk about the Frigates in Indian Navy. Before I talk about different classes of Frigates, let me at first tell you what exactly a Frigate is.

Frigates are naval vessels. They can be understood as an intermediate between Corvettes and Destroyers. Frigate is a type of warship.

SHIPS CURRENTLY COMMISSIONED

The Shivalik class is the largest of the Frigate classes presently in service as of February 2017. INS Shivalik is the lead ship of the class and the first stealth warship built by India. All three ships of this class were built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai, from 2000 to 2010. With their improved stealth features and land-attack capabilities, the Shivalik-class warships were originally conceived as successors to the six Talwar-class frigates, which are modified Krivak III-class vessels built by Russia for the Indian Navy. The Talwar class was preceded by the Brahmaputra-class frigates, which were built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers in Kolkata. Three ships of this class are still in service with the Indian Navy. The predecessors to the Brahmaputra class were the three Godavari-class frigates, with one still in service, the lead ship, INS Godavari, having been decommissioned in 2015.

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SHIVALIK CLASS

The Shivalik class, or Project 17 class, is a class of multi-role frigates in service with the Indian Navy. They are the first stealth warships built in India. All ships of the class were built by Mazagon Dock Limited. The ships in this class are:

1)INS SHIVALIK (F 47)

2) INS SATPURA (F 48)

3) INS SAHYADRI (F 49)

TALWAR CLASS

The Talwar class, also known as Project 1135.6, is a class of guided-missile frigates designed and built by Russia for the Indian Navy, as modified Krivak III-class frigates, with a number of systems of Indian design and manufacture, including anti-submarine sensors (sonar) and communications equipment.

The ships in TALWAR class are:

  1. INS TALWAR (F 40)
  2. INS TRISHUL (F 43)
  3. INS TABAR (F 44)
  4. INS TEG (F 45)
  5. INS TARKASH (F 50)
  6. INS TARKAND (F 51)

BRAHMAPUTRA CLASS

The Brahmaputra-class frigates (Type 16A or Project 16A) are guided-missile frigates of the Indian Navy, designed and built in India. She was built at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

The ships in this class are:

  1. INS BRAHMAPUTRA (F 31)
  2.  INS BETWA (F 39)
  3. INS BEAS (F 37)

GODAVARI CLASS

The Godavari-class frigates (formerly Type 16 or Project 16 frigates) are guided-missile frigates of the Indian Navy. The Godavari class was the first significant indigenous warship design-and-development initiative of the Indian Navy. The keel of the lead ship INS Godavari was laid in 1978 at Mazagon Dock Limited in Bombay.

The ship in this class is:

  1. INS GOMATI (F 21)
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