Indian navy decommissions INS Taragiri after 33 years of service

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MUMBAI: The Indian Navy decommissioned INS Taragiri on June 27 after the indigenous ship served the nation for 33 years. She was named after a hill range in the Garhwal Himalayas in Northern India. The vessel was the last of the indigenously built Leander class frigates.

Defence officials said the ship was commissioned in the Indian Navy on May 16, 1980 and was the 5th ship in the series of Nilgiri class frigates, the others being, IN Ships Nilgiri, Himgiri, Dunagiri, Udaygiri and Vindhyagiri. The Nilgiri Class frigates were updated versions of the Leander class of British designed frigates and built for the Indian Navy by M/s Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai.

The officials said all the other ships of the class have already been de-commissioned. When the first ship of this class of frigates, INS Nilgiri was commissioned in 1972, it became a trendsetter in indigenous shipbuilding. These ships incorporated increasingly higher levels of indigenisation and state-of-the-art high technology weapons and sensors of that era.

INS Taragiri and INS Vindhyagiri, the last two ships of the class were significantly modified with the addition of a Seaking anti-submarine helicopter, which could be recovered on deck with the help of a recovery and traverse system, A244S 321 mm triple torpedo tubes and a Bofors anti-submarine twin barrel mortar. The ships were the first to have a completely indigenous anti-submarine firing complex, as also an entirely indigenous galley (as kitchens are known onboard ships).

In recognition of the ship's considerably enhanced and potent anti-submarine capabilities, the ship's crest depicts a Pallas fishing eagle, a predatory Indian bird found in the foothills of the Taragiri hills, signifying that the ship was 'ready to pounce on the enemy underwater'.

In recent years, the ship was fitted with an Advanced Ship Control System to facilitate control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The ship thus retained her 'cutting edge' and became the 'eye' of the Western Fleet for surveillance at extended ranges, blue water operations and network centric warfare, as also the platform of choice for coastal patrol and anti piracy operations.

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