INS Chennai (D65)

INS Chennai (D65) is the third ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. She was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) located in Mumbai. INS Chennai is the last of the three ships built under the code name Project 15A.[12] INS Chennai has on its seal a Bull symbolizing the Jallikattu festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu from where the ship associates its heritage. On 17 April 2017, INS Chennai was dedicated to the city of Chennai in presence of its Chief Minister K. Palanisamy.[13] INS Chennai, along with INS Sunayna was sent to the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman in June 2019 to protect Indian shipping interests amid tensions in the Strait of Hormuz.[14]

INS Chennai during its commissioning
INS Chennai during its commissioning
Name: Chennai
Namesake: Chennai
Operator: Indian Navy
Builder: Mazagon Dock Limited
Laid down: February 2006
Launched: 1 April 2010[1]
Completed: 12 November 2015
Commissioned: 21 Nov 2016[2][3][4]
Motto: Shatro Sanharaka ("Vanquisher of Enemies")[5]
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Kolkata-class destroyer
Displacement: 7,500 t (8,300 short tons)[6][7]
Length: 163 m (535 ft)
Beam: 17.4 m (57 ft)
Speed: In excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Thales LW-08 D-band air search radar[8]
  • IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STAR S-band AESA multi-function radar
  • BEL HUMSA-NG bow sonar
  • BEL Electronic Modular Command & Control Applications (EMCCA Mk4) combat management system
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Anti-air missiles:
  • 4 × 8-cell VLS, for a total of 32;[10]
  • Barak 8 missiles (Range: 0.5 km (0.31 mi) to 90 km (56 mi)[11])
  • Anti-ship missiles:
  • 2 × 8-cell UVLM for 16 BrahMos anti ship missiles
  • Guns:
  • 1 × 76 mm gun
  • 4 × AK-630 CIWS
  • Anti-submarine warfare:
  • 4 × Torpedo tubes
  • 2 × RBU-6000 anti-submarine rockets
Aircraft carried:


She was laid down in February 2006, and was launched on 2 April 2010 by the then Defence Minister Shri AK Antony's wife Smt Elizabeth Antony at a function in Mumbai, and is commissioned on 21 November 2016 by the Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.[2][15] INS Chennai is the first naval ship named after Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu.[16]


The indigenously designed ship will have state of the art weapons and sensors, stealth features, an advanced action information system, a comprehensive auxiliary control system, world class modular living spaces, sophisticated power distribution system and a host of other advanced features.

INS Chennai will be fitted with the supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile system. The system enables the ship to engage shore-based and naval surface targets at long range making it a lethal platform for strike against enemy targets. The ship's air defence capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, will revolve around the vertical launch, long range surface-to-air missile system, which is being co-developed by DRDO. Four AK-630 rapid-fire guns will provide the ship with close-in-defence capability while an MR gun will enable her to provide effective naval gunfire support. Indigenously developed twin tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship's anti-submarine capability. Indeed, these ships integrate many new features and involve design changes that ensure a far more advanced weapons platforms compared to the earlier Project 15 ships.

See also


  1. ^ "India's 3rd indigenous naval destroyer launched". CNN-News18. 1 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai Joins the Indian Navy" (Press release). Indian Navy. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Largest-ever 'Made-in-India' warship INS Chennai commissioned". The Times of India. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Project 15A to end with commissioning of INS Chennai on Monday". Business Standard India. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Indigenous INS Chennai will be commissioned on Monday". The Sunday Guardian Live. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Navy gets its largest destroyer". The Hindu. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Largest destroyer project of Navy hit by delay". Defence Express. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Bharat Electronics Ltd. awards LW08 contract to Thales". 2 July 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Som, Vishnu (16 August 2014). "On INS Kolkata, PM is Only Partially Correct". NDTV. Retrieved 8 March 2015. At the moment, she is designed to carry only 32 Barak surface-to-air missiles...
  11. ^ "India commissions second Kolkata-class destroyer". Jane's Information Group. IHSJanes. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Kolkata Class Guided Missile Destroyers, India". Naval Technology. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Naval ship dedicated to Chennai city". The Times of India. PTI. 17 April 2017.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Warship INS Chennai commissioned by Indian Navy". SSB Interview Tips. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Project 15-A destroyer, INS Kochi To be launched on 18 Sep 2009". PIB. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
Chennai (disambiguation)

Chennai, India; a city formerly known as Madras

Chennai may also refer to:

Chennai city

Chennai district

Chennai Metropolitan Area

Chennai railway division

Chennai International Airport

Chennai Port

Chennai Public School

INS Chennai (D65), a guided missile destroyer of the Indian Navy

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Kolkata-class destroyer

The Kolkata class (Project 15A) are a class of stealth guided missile destroyers constructed for the Indian Navy. The class comprises three ships – Kolkata, Kochi and Chennai, all of which were built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in India, and are the largest destroyers to be operated by the Indian Navy. Due to delays in their construction, and a problem found during the sea trials, the initial commissioning date of the first ship of the class had been pushed back from 2010 to 2014. The final ship commissioned was Chennai, in November 2016.The destroyers are a follow-on of the Project 15 Delhi-class destroyers, but are considerably more capable due to major improvements in the design, the addition of substantial land-attack capabilities, and the fitting-out of modern sensors and weapons systems.

List of active Indian Navy ships

List of active Indian Navy ships is a list of ships in active service with the Indian Navy. In service ships are taken from the official Indian Navy website. The Indian Navy is one of the largest navies in the world, and as of May 2019 possesses 1 aircraft carrier, 1 amphibious transport dock, 8 Landing ship tanks, 10 destroyers, 13 frigates, 1 nuclear-powered attack submarine,1 Ballistic missile submarine, 14 conventionally-powered attack submarines, 22 corvettes, 10 large offshore patrol vessels, 4 fleet tankers and various auxiliary vessels and small patrol boats. For ships no longer in service see List of ships of the Indian Navy and for future acquisitions of the fleet, see future ships of the Indian Navy.

Besides the following navy ships, the Indian Coast Guard operates around 90 - 100 armed patrol ships of various sizes.

List of destroyers of India

In naval terminology, a destroyer is a fast, manoueverable, long-distance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group and defend them against smaller, short-range attackers. Seventeen destroyers have served, or currently serve, in the Indian Navy. The navy operates 11 guided-missile destroyers from three classes: Kolkata class, Delhi class, and Rajput class. Six other destroyers (three R class and three Hunt class) have been decommissioned and scrapped.Although destroyers were introduced during the early 20th century and were widely used by the end of World War II, India had none until 1949. The R-class INS Ranjit, built in the United Kingdom, was the first destroyer commissioned in the Indian Navy. Two more R-class ships were later commissioned. Three Hunt-class destroyers were commissioned in 1953 to succeed the R-class destroyers. These ships (all of which were built in the United Kingdom) were decommissioned by 1976, with the Hunt-class INS Godavari the last.During the 1980s, India signed an agreement with the Soviet Union for five guided-missile destroyers, built under Rajput class. The first ship (INS Rajput) of the class was commissioned on 30 September 1980. All five Rajput-class ships are still in active service. The Rajput class was succeeded by the Delhi class, with INS Delhi, Mysore and Mumbai commissioned in 1997, 1999 and 2001 respectively. The Delhi-class destroyers, built in India, were succeeded by the Kolkata class in 2014. The three Kolkata-class ships have been commissioned in 2014–2016, with INS Chennai being the last. An improvement of the Kolkata-class, INS Visakhapatnam (part of the Visakhapatnam class), was introduced in April 2015 and will reportedly be commissioned by the end of 2018. Three more vessels are planned as part of the Visakhapatnam class.

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