INS Visakhapatnam : Entered Oman
To enhance the maritime partnership between Indian Navy and Royal Oman Navy, the indigenously built destroyer INS Visakhapatnam recently entered Oman.
- INS Visakhapatnam is the lead ship and the first of the Indian Navy’s Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided-missile destroyers.
- It was commissioned on November 21, 2021, is one of the largest destroyers in Indian Navy service.
- It measures 163m in length, 17m in breadth.
- Displacement: 7,400 tonnes.
- It is propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines, in a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) configuration.
- It is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots.
- The ship has enhanced stealth features resulting in a reduced Radar Cross Section (RCS) achieved through efficient shaping of hull, full beam superstructure design, plated masts and use of radar transparent materials on exposed decks.
- The ship is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
- It is named after the historic city of Andhra Pradesh on the east coast, Visakhapatnam, the ‘City of Destiny’, the ship has a total complement of about 315 personnel.