According to news agency PTI, the Indian Navy will decommission two of its frontline warships on Friday, bringing an end to their glorious journeys of protecting the country’s maritime interests for the past 32 years.
The two ships, Nishank and Akshay, were among the most important naval assets involved in a number of important missions and maritime operations.
Officials stated on Wednesday that the Navy will bid farewell to the two ships at a ceremony in Mumbai.
“Every ship in the Navy is treated as if it were a live being. Decommissioning a ship, her crew, and the Navy as a whole is a very formal, yet very emotional occasion “An official stated.
Nishank, the fourth of the Veer-class missile corvettes, was a key member of the legendary “Killer Squadron” during the 1971 conflict. Nishank is one of the few people who has worked on both the eastern and western seaboards.
Another officer stated that the ship, which was armed with a powerful surface-to-surface missile, had the capabilities to terrorise the adversary.
“Nishank’s adventure is not yet complete. The ship has been designated for display as a war relic in a historically appropriate place. The ship will continue to inspire future generations to be a part of our illustrious past and bright future by displaying the Indian Navy’s might “he stated
The 23rd patrol vessel squadron’s principal missions are anti-submarine warfare and coastal patrol.
The ship has been operating under the Maharashtra Naval Officer-in-Charge. The submarine hunter was always on patrol, keeping enemy submarines at bay with its fearsome armament of long-range torpedoes and anti-submarine rockets.
These ships, according to officials, have been forward deployed on numerous occasions during heightened security situations such as the Kargil War in 1999, Operation Parakram in 2001, and after the 2017 Uri attack, maintaining a vigil to give a befitting reply against any enemy misadventure during their illustrious careers spanning more than three decades.