The sun has fallen aboard INS Khukri (Pennant number 49), the first of the indigenously built missile corvettes, at Visakhapatnam on the evening of December 23.
After 32 years of service to the nation, the ship was decommissioned in Visakhapatnam’s Eastern Naval Command.
The national flag, navy ensign, and decommissioning pennant were dropped at sunset at the mournful occasion in the presence of Vice-Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Navy Command, and some serving and retired past commanding officers of the ship.t.
Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders completed the corvette on August 23, 1989, and it was commissioned.It was unique in that it served in both the Western and Eastern Fleets at the same time.The ship was controlled by 28 commanding officers and travelled approximately 6,44,897 nautical miles throughout her service.
The ship was attached to the Indian Army’s Gorkha Brigade, and the ceremony was attended by Lt. General P. N. Ananthanarayan, president of the Gorkha Brigade.
#INSKhukri, the first of indigenously built Missile Corvettes, was decommissioned after 32 years of glorious service at a solemn ceremony held at #Visakhapatnam in the presence of VAdm Biswajit Dasgupta, FOC-in-C #ENC, some serving & retired former commanding officers of the ship pic.twitter.com/DiuKeZkIXZ— Defence PRO Visakhapatnam (@PRO_Vizag) December 24, 2021
The ship was affiliated with the Gorkha Brigade of the #IndianArmy & Lt General PN Ananthanarayan, SM, President Gorkha Brigade, attended the solemn ceremony.@DefenceMinIndia @AjaybhattBJP4UK @drajaykumar_ias @SpokespersonMoD @adgpi @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/l97bgSoEdY— Defence PRO Visakhapatnam (@PRO_Vizag) December 24, 2021