Indian Navy deploys INS Kulish corvette to Andaman and Nicobar Command

The Indian Navy deployed INS Kulish, a Kora-class missile corvette, to Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Dec. 21, where it joined the Naval Component of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC).

The Ship was traditionally welcomed into the Andaman & Nicobar Flotilla during a ceremony at the Port Blair Naval Jetty.

The Andaman and Nicobar Command is the only Tri-service theater command of the Indian Armed Forces, based at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory of India.

It was created in 2001 to safeguard India’s strategic interests in Southeast Asia and the Strait of Malacca by increasing rapid deployment of military assets in the region.

The Andaman and Nicobar Command is India’s first and only joint tri-service command, with rotating three-star Commanders-in-Chief from the Army, Navy and Air Force reporting directly to the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

INS Kulish (P63)

INS Kulish is a Kora-class corvette, currently in active service with the Indian Navy. She was ordered in October 1994 and was laid in October 1995. She was launched in August 1997 and was commissioned on 20 August 2001.

Kulish is the third of the four Kora-class corvettes designed under Project25A. The ship is 91 m long and displaces 1500 tonnes at full load.

The Kora class is powered by two diesel engines driving two controllable pitch propellers through two shafts. Each engine is rated at 7,100 horsepower (5,300 kW). Four diesel alternators rated at 350kW are provided for power generation.

The propulsion system provides a top speed of 25 kn (46 km/h; 29 mph), an average speed of 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph) and a maximum range of 4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi).

INS Kulish is primarily designed as a surface combatant. It is armed with four quad launchers for sixteen Kh-35 Uran-E anti-ship missiles with a range of 130km. The anti-air defence is provided by two mobile shoulder based Strela-2 SAM systems.

It is fitted with a Otobreda 76mm main gun while two AK-630 30mm guns act as close-in weapon system (CIWS).

The ship is equipped with a flight deck capable of accommodating one HAL Chetak or HAL Dhruv helicopter.

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