NS Kavaratti, the Anti- Submarine Warfare corvette was commissioned into Indian Navy by Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane at the Visakhapatnam Naval Dockyard on October 22nd. Kavaratti takes her name from former INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala class missile corvette and was operated during Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971. It is the last of the four indigenously made Anti-Submarine Warfare stealth corvettes.
Kavaratti has a state-of-the-art weapons and sensor suite capable of detecting and prosecuting submarines.The ship has up to 90% indigenous content and the use of carbon composites for the superstructure is a commendable feat achieved in Indian shipbuilding. In addition to its anti-submarine warfare capability, the ship also has a credible self-defence capability and good endurance for long-range deployments.
According to the tweet by the Navy Spokesperson, the ship was designed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and it portrays the growing capability of the nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenization, thus, accentuating our national objective of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.