Indian Navy Decommissions its Guided-Missile Frigate INS Ganga

The Indian Navy decommissioned its Godavari-class guided-missile frigate, INS Ganga (F22) during a ceremony in Mumbai on March 22, 2018.

Before the decommissioning, INS Ganga is was the oldest ship of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet. The ship was retired from active service on May 28, 2017.

INS Ganga (F22)

INS Ganga (F22) is a Godavari-class guided-missile frigate of the Indian Navy built in Mumbai by Mazagon Dock Limited.

She was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 30 December 1985. She was retired from active service on 28 May 2017, with she will decommissioned on 22 March 2018.

INS Ganga is also affiliated to the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) of the Indian Army, and has built this association over many years.

Godavari-class guided-missile frigate

The Godavari class (formerly Type 16 or Project 16 frigates) was the first significant indigenous warship design and development initiative of the Indian Navy.

Its design is a modification of the Nilgiri class with a focus on indigenous content of 72%, a larger hull and updated armaments. For armaments, the missile and gun package of the Soviet Nanuchka-class corvette was installed on the frigate.

The class and the lead ship, INS Godavari (F20) are named after the Godavari River. Subsequent ships in the class, INS Ganga and INS Gomati (F21) also take their names from Indian rivers.

Only INS Gomati is currently active. Gomati was the first Indian Navy vessel to have digital electronics in her combat data system.

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