The Indian Navy’s INS Rajput will be decommissioned on Friday after 41 years of service. The Kashin-class destroyer, built by the former USSR, was commissioned on 4th May 1980.
It has participated in many key missions during the span of its service, including operation Aman off Sri Lanka that was launched to assist the Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) and Operation Cactus to resolve a hostage situation of the Maldives.
The ship also participated in numerous bilateral and multi-national exercises. It was also the first Indian Naval Ship to be affiliated with an Army regiment, that is, the Rajput regiment.
“INS Rajput will now be decommissioned at a solemn ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. In her glorious 41 years, the ship had 31 Commanding Officers at her helm,” Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said.
INS Rajput was constructed in the 61 Communards shipyard in Nikolaev (now Ukraine) under her original Russian name “Nadezhny” meaning “hope”. The keel of the ship was laid on 11th September 1976 and she was launched on 17th September 1977.
The ship was commissioned as INS Rajput at Poti, Georgia by IK Gujral, the then Indian Ambassador to the USSR, with Captain Gulab Mohanlal Hiranandani as her first commanding officer.
“With the motto ‘Raj Karega Rajput’ firmly etched in their minds and indomitable spirit, the gallant crew of INS Rajput have remained ever vigilant and always on call to protect the maritime interest and sovereignty of the nation,” the spokesperson added.