India Launches Third Indigenous Naval Destroyer INS Chennai

India has launched its third indigenous naval destroyer INS Chennai built at the Mazagaon Docks in Mumbai, said media reports.

Elizabeth Antony, wife of Defence Minister AK Antony, launched the warship, said reports.

It may be mentioned that INS Chennai has been built in Mumbai under the code name of Project 15 Alpha.

During the launch, Antony emphasized on the significance of having a well protected coastline, particularly in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, said reports.

He also said that there was a need to build more warships for the Navy, reports said.

“Protecting our coastline is most important after 26/11. We must defend it against all possibilities. We need to build more warships for the Navy and Coast Guard indigenously. Our defence shipyards must be able to fulfil our requirements on time and keep up quality,” Antony was quoted as saying.

INC Chennai is the third and the last of the Kolkata class warships which were built at Mazagaon Docks.

With entirely indigenous weaponry, it comprises of 16 Brahmos missiles and torpedos, besides being equipped with the indigenous Humsa sonar and Ellora electronic warfare suite. It carries two helicopters on board.

(Based on internet reports)

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