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INS Imphal: Let’s Know Indian Navy’s Most Advanced Destroyer

The unique distinction of INS Imphal lies in being the first warship named after a city from the northeast, with approval granted in 2019 by then-President Ram Nath Kovind.

INS Imphal, an indigenously developed warship was commissioned in the Indian Navy today in a ceremony in Mumbai. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar were present.

Interesting Facts about INS Imphal

  1. INS Imphal belongs to the Visakhapatnam-class destroyers, which is the upgraded version of P-15A Kolkata class destroyers.
  2. It is the third destroyer in the series and is classified as P-15 Bravo or P-15B.
  3. The unique distinction of INS Imphal lies in being the first warship named after a city from the northeast, with approval granted in 2019 by then-President Ram Nath Kovind.
  4. As the most advanced stealth-guided missile destroyer, INS Imphal can achieve a maximum speed of 56 km/hr and is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors.
  5. Before induction, the warship underwent several sea trials, showcasing its capability to launch the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos.
  6. INS Imphal specializes in Anti-Submarine Warfare operations, featuring indigenously developed Rocket Launchers, Torpedo Launchers, and modern surveillance radar.
  7. The destroyer boasts a 75% high indigenous content, including the BrahMos missile, torpedo tube launchers, and a 76mm super rapid gun mount developed by Indian firms.
  8. INS Imphal’s construction and sea trial timeline set a record, with the keel laid in 2017, trials beginning in 2019, and delivery in just six months from April 2023.
  9. The destroyer is named after Imphal, the capital of Manipur, paying tribute to the state’s historical contributions to the Indian freedom struggle.
  10. Other destroyers in the Visakhapatnam class include INS Visakhapatnam, INS Mormugao, and INS Surat, representing different regions of different states.
  11. Destroyers, following aircraft carriers, rank high in capabilities and operational relevance in the Indian Navy.
  12. India’s indigenous guided missile destroyer program started in the 1990s with Project 15 (Delhi-class), followed by Project 15A (Kolkata-class), and now Project 15B, of which INS Imphal is a part.
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