INS Khukri decommissioned after 32 years of service

India’s first indigenously built missile corvettes, INS Khukri (P49), was decommissioned after 32 years of service at Visakhapatnam on December 24, 2021.

Highlights

  • During the decommissioning ceremony, the national flag, the decommissioning pennant and naval ensign were lowered at sunset.
  • INS Khukri was built by the Mazagon Dock shipbuilders on August 23, 1989.
  • It had the distinction of being part of Western as well as Eastern Fleets.
  • In her service to Indian Navy, the ship was commanded by 28 commanding officers.
  • It traversed a distance of more than 6,44,897 nautical miles, equivalent to navigating across the world 30 times or three times the distance between the Moon and the Earth.
  • The ship was affiliated with the Gorkha Brigade of the Indian Army.

About INS Khukri (F149)

INS Khukri was a Type 14 (Blackwood-class) frigate, serving into the Indian Navy. The ship was sunk off the coast of Diu in Gujarat in December 1971, by the Pakistan’s Daphne-class submarine Hangor during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. INS Khukri was the first warship sunk by a submarine since World War II. It is the only warship of Indian Navy, to be lost in war till date.

INS Khukri (P49)

INS Khukri (P49) was named after INS Khukri (F149), which was lost in combat. It was the lead vessel of her class of corvettes, giving service to the Indian Navy.

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