INS Krishna (F 46), one of Indian Navy’s 1st Training Squadron Ships, decommissioned at sunset On Thursday 24th of May by Rear Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet Command.
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The Decommissioning ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai and was attended by ex-Commanding Officers of the ship as well as senior officers of the Western Naval Command.
The last broad beam Leander class frigate built by the Portsmouth Dockyard, HMS Andromeda (the eighth bearing pennant number F 57) had seen much action including the Falklands war when it was deployed on escort duty, and the ‘Armilla Patrol’ in the escort of oil tankers during the Iran-Iraq war.
After it retired from the Royal Navy in 1994, the ship got a new lease of life as INS Krishna when it was inducted into the Indian Navy in 1995 to train young cadets. The name Krishna is one of great depth and meaning. INS Krishna has been the alma mater for more than 1,300 officers of the Indian Navy who gained their sea legs serving aboard her. The ship has clocked about 3,23,750 nautical miles during its voyages around the world as a cadets’ training ship, and has visited about 32 ports in 23 countries in all. The ship had the capacity to train about 80 cadets.
INS Krishna’s involvement in thwarting piracy in the Eastern Arabian Sea last year was a proof of its agility. Commander Varun Singh, a marine commando who is the recipient of the Shaurya Chakra has been bestowed with the honour of decommissioning the ship.
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