The Indian Navy decommissioned its Flight II Pondicherry-class/Karwar class minesweeper, INS Kozhikode (M71), during a ceremony at Naval Jetty in Visakhapatnam on April 13.
Cmde Samir Advani (Retd), the commissioning Commanding Officer of the ship, was the guest of honour of the decommissioning ceremony. Vice Adm. S. N. Ghormade, the Chief of Staff of Eastern Navy Command (ENC), was the chief guest. The ceremony was also attended by 16 erstwhile Commanding Officers, officers and sailors who have served on board the ship during this span of time.
INS Kozhikode was commissioned on 19 December 1988 at Riga (erstwhile USSR), and was the sixth and the last Flight II Pondicherry-class minesweeper to be commissioned. Technically, the second batch is referred to as the Karwar class but are physically identical to the first batch with the exception of additional surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). They are modified Soviet Natya-class minesweepers.
INS Kozhikode was the last ship in the series to be decommissioned. The vessel was named after the historic port of Calicut and was an integral part of the 21 Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMS), based in Visakhapatnam.