INS Nipat (K86)
|Commissioned:||26 April 1971|
|Decommissioned:||29 February 1988|
|Class & type:||Vidyut class missile boat|
|Displacement:||245 tons (full load)|
|Armament:||4 x SS-N-2A Styx AShM
2 x AK-230 30mm guns
During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, INS Nipat was part of the Operation Trident strike force. On the afternoon of December 4, the strike group made its way towards Karachi. Late that evening, around 70 miles south of Karachi, the Nipat detected a large target about 42 miles to the northeast, later identified as the merchant vessel, MV Venus Challenger, chartered by the Pakistan Navy to carry US ammunition to East Pakistan. It had Pakistani naval officers and sailors on board. The Nipat launched 2 missiles on MV Venus Challenger, sinking it.
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