Imphal was launched as a navy destroyer ship in Mumbai.
The Indian Navy has launched its latest warship, INS Imphal, a guided missile destroyer. The Navy's latest warship was launched into the water at the Mazagon Docks in Mumbai as part of its Project 15B, which is aimed at adding state-of-the-art warships to the naval fleet. According to the Navy Spokesperson, INS Imphal was launched by Adm Sunil Lanba and Mrs. Reena Lanba President Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA), who broke a coconut on the ship’s bow to launch the ship.
The Navy had launched INS Vishakhapatnam, the first Project 15B ship, in April 2015, while the second ship, INS Mormugao, was launched in September 2016. A contract for four destroyers under the Project 15B has been signed. The launch of 3rd ship of Project 15B, a Guided Missile Destroyer, marks yet another significant milestone in the annals of the indigenous warship design and construction programme of India. With a launch weight of 3037 T, the vessel made its 1st contact with water.
INS Imphal is named after the Battle of Imphal and Kohima that were fought 75 years ago during the World War -II. It is also the first warship to be christened after a city in the north-east. Imphal and Kohima saw the face-off between the Allied forces and Japan in WW-II where the later was defeated and was forced to recede to Myanmar.
INS Imphal which has a launch weight of 3037 tonnes is the 3rd ship of Project 15B, like the other ships under the project, has been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design, New Delhi. Each warship spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam, and displaces 7300 tonnes and has the capacity to hold weapon systems, including BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.
A Defence spokesperson said, “These ships will be propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. The P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship manoeuvrability. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fitting, which make these ships difficult to detect. P 15B ships will be equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters.”
The spokesperson added that the ships are packed with an array of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including multi-functional surveillance radars and vertically launched missile system for long-distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air target.