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Indian Navy decommissions two Veer-class corvettes

15 January 2018

The Indian Navy (IN) has decommissioned the Veer (Tarantul I)-class corvettes INS Nirbhik and INS Nirghat after 30 and 28 years of service, respectively.

The vessels were retired on 11 January at the naval dockyard in Mumbai in a ceremony attended by, among others, Rear Admiral R B Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, who had earlier commanded Nirghat .

According to the IN, Nirbhik and Nirghat were commissioned in 1987 and 1989, respectively, at Poti in what was then the Soviet Union. The ships were manned by a crew of 70 sailors and seven officers.

Powered by four gas turbine engines, the corvettes could reach speeds of up to 40 kt and were armed with four surface-to-surface missiles, a medium-calibre AK-176 gun, an AK-630 close-in weapon system, along with small-calibre guns, according to the IN.

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