INS Rajput is a guided-missile destroyer and the lead ship of the Rajput class of the Indian Navy. She was commissioned on 30 September 1980. Commodore (later Vice Admiral) Gulab Mohanlal Hiranandani was her first commanding officer.
Rajput served as a trial platform for the BrahMos cruise missile. The two P-20M inclined single launchers (port and starboard) were replaced by two boxed launchers, each with two Brahmos cells. A new variant of the Prithvi-III missile was test fired from Rajput on March 2007. She is capable of attacking land targets, as well as fulfilling anti-aircraft and anti-submarine roles as a taskforce or carrier escort. Rajput tracked the Dhanush ballistic missile during a successful test in 2005.
INS Rajput underway
|Builder:||61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant|
|Commissioned:||30 September 1980|
|Identification:||Pennant number: D51|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Rajput-class destroyer|
|Length:||147 m (482 ft)|
|Beam:||15.8 m (52 ft)|
|Draught:||5 m (16 ft)|
|Propulsion:||4 x gas turbine engines; 2 shafts, 72,000 hp (54,000 kW)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Complement:||320 (including 35 officers)|
|Sensors and |
|Aircraft carried:||1 x HAL Chetak helicopter|
Gulab Mohanlal Hiranandani (29 June 1931 – 1 September 2009) was a senior Indian Navy officer who served as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff from 1987 to 1989. His prior commands included those as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-IN-C) of the Southern Naval Command, Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, Chief of Staff of the Western Naval Command and the Commissioning Commanding Officer of the INS Rajput (D51), the lead vessel of the Rajput class destroyers. He was awarded the Nausena Medal for gallantry during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.
Vice Admiral Hiranandani is also credited with the detailed planning of the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala and INS Kadamba in Karwar, the foundation stones for which were laid during his tenure as flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command. During his tenure all Naval Training was centralized under the southern Naval Command. A brilliant tactician, his work remains pivotal to Indian naval training on maneuvers and operational tactics.
After retirement, Hiranandani served on the Union Public Service Commission. Later, he was appointed the Official Historian of the Indian Navy. He authored three landmark books on Indian naval history, Transition to Triumph, Transition to Eminence and Transition to Guardianship. These books covered the history of the Indian Navy from 1965 to 2000.INS Rajput
The following ships of the Indian Navy have been named Rajput:
INS Rajput (D141) was a R-class destroyer acquired in 1949 from the Royal Navy, where it served in World War II as HMS Rotherham (H09)
INS Rajput (D51) is the lead vessel of her class of destroyers, currently in active service with the Indian NavyList 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.Mod Kashin-class destroyer
The Modified Kashin class were six ships built and modified based on the Kashin class destroyer for the Soviet Navy between 1973 and 1980. Seven more ships were built after that for the Indian Navy. The Soviet designation for the Mod Kashin is Project 61MP.