INS Imphal commissioning: PM Modi commends naval self-reliance

PM Modi commends INS Imphal and India’s increasing self-reliance in defence and naval excellence.

The INS-Imphal was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on the 26th of December in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and numerous other dignitaries. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commended the commissioning of INS- Imphal. He praised the achievement as a reflection of India’s increasing self-reliance in defence and highlighted the naval excellence and engineering prowess that was involved in the whole process. The commissioning ceremony marked a significant moment in India’s maritime capabilities.

INS Imphal, named after a city in the northeast, holds the distinction of being the first warship named after a northeastern region of the country. Delivered by Mazagon Dock Ltd on October 20, 2023, the ship’s construction and trial period, completed in less than six months, set a record for the shortest duration taken to build any indigenous destroyer. The vessel underwent comprehensive trials, including the successful test-firing of an extended-range Brahmos missile.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised INS Imphal as a shining example of ‘Aatmanirbharta’ (self-reliance) in defence, emphasizing its significance in strengthening India’s maritime power. He noted that India’s growing economic and strategic power has stirred some forces with jealousy and hatred. The minister underscored the ship’s role in reinforcing India’s position in the Indo-Pacific region.

Measuring 163m in length, 17m in breadth, and with a displacement of 7,400 tonnes, INS Imphal is propelled by four powerful gas turbines. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar highlighted the ship’s symbolic importance in realizing the vision of self-reliance in defence and the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ (One India, Great India) initiative. He expressed confidence in the upcoming commissioning of the fourth Project 15B stealth-guided missile destroyer, ‘Surat,’ in 2024.

Admiral R Hari Kumar also emphasized the Indian Navy’s proactive measures against piracy and drone attacks, deploying destroyers from Project 15B and 15A classes, along with various aircraft and ships, to counter these threats collaboratively. Before INS Imphal, INS Visakhapatnam and INS Mormugao of the same class were commissioned in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

In conclusion, the commissioning of INS Imphal stands as a pivotal moment in India’s defence capabilities, showcasing the nation’s commitment to self-reliance and technological prowess. Prime Minister Modi’s recognition of the achievement underscores its significance in bolstering India’s naval strength. The speed at which this warship was constructed and tested reflects a remarkable feat in indigenous shipbuilding. INS Imphal marks not only a technological achievement but also a strategic milestone in safeguarding national security and projecting influence in the dynamic maritime landscape.