INS Akshay and Nishank decommissioned after 32 years of glorious service

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INS Akshay and INS Nishank were decommissioned on 4 June after rendering excellent service to the nation for 32 years.

  • The ceremony was conducted at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai in a traditional ceremony.

  • INS Nishank and INS Akshay were constructed and commissioned at Poti Shipyard in Georgia.

  • These fine and lethal warships were inducted in the Indian Navy in 1989 and 1990.

  • INS Nishank and Akshay were part of 22 Missile Vessel Squadron and 23 Patrol Vessel Squadron respectively under the control of Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra Naval Area.

  • Both participated in several naval operations including Operation Talwar during the Kargil War and Operation Parakram in 2001.

  • Operation Parakram was launched consequent to the Parliament attack in 2001.

  • INS Nishank, the fourth of the Veer class missile corvette killers, will be displayed as a war relic at a historic place.

  • INS Nishank

  • It was inducted into the Indian Navy on 12 September 1989.

  • It is a Veer class corvette ship, it has a length of 184 feet and a beam of 34 feet.

  • It used to move in the sea at a speed of 59 kilometres per hour.

  • It had 4 P-15 Termit missiles.

  • INS Akshay 

  • It was inducted into the Navy on 10 December 1990.

  • It is an Abbey class corvette battleship

  • It is 183.7 feet long, has a beam height of 33 feet and a draft of 11 feet.

  • This warship used to move in the sea at a speed of 52 kilometres per hour.

  • It had 1 quad surface to air missile Strela-2M, 1 AK-76 machine gun, 4 torpedo tubes.

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