The Indian Navy (IN) has decommissioned the Pondicherry (Natya I)-class minesweepers INS Cuddalore , INS Cannanore , and INS Konkan after three decades of service.
The vessels were retired on 23 March at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam in a ceremony presided over by Vice Admiral M S Pawar, Chief of Staff of the IN’s Eastern Naval Command.
The 61-m long minesweepers had been acquired from the Soviet Union and were commissioned in October 1987, December 1987, and October 1988, respectively. They were part of IN’s 21st Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Squadron headquartered at Visakhapatnam.
Following the retirement of these ships, the IN now operates only one Natya I-class minesweeper, INS Kozhikode , according to Jane’s Fighting Ships.
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