The Indian Navy will decommission its Rajput-class guided-missile destroyer, INS Ranjit during a ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on May 6.
The ceremony will be attended by personnel who have served onboard INS Ranjit in the past and will also include officers and sailors from the commissioning crew.
INS Ranjit is the third of the five Rajput-class destroyers built for the Indian Navy. She was commissioned on 24 November 1983.
Ranjit was laid down by Indian request under the Soviet name Lovkiy at the 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant in Nikolayev, Ukraine on 29 June 1977 with the serial number 2203. The destroyer was launched on 16 June 1979 and added to the list of ships of the Soviet Navy on 30 October 1981. Commissioned into the Black Sea Fleet for temporary duty on 7 July 1983, she was transferred to the Indian Navy and renamed Ranjit on 24 November.
The Rajput-class destroyers are modified versions of Soviet Kashin-class destroyers. They are also known as Kashin-II class. They were the first ships in the Indian Navy to deploy the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile systems.