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INS Betwa (F39) is a Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigate currently in service with the Indian Navy. The ship is named for the Betwa River.

Betwa at anchor in 2011
Betwa at anchor in 2011
Name: INS Betwa
Namesake: Betwa River
Builder: Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE)
Commissioned: 7 July 2004[1]
Status: in active service
Badge: INS Betwa Seal
General characteristics
Class and type: Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigate
Displacement: 3850 tons full load
Length: 126.4 m (414 ft 8 in)
Beam: 14.5 m (47 ft 7 in)
Draught: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: Two Bhopal turbines, 30,000 hp (22,000 kW), two 550 psi boilers and two shafts
Speed: In excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 440–450 (incl. 40 officers + 13 aircrew)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Air/Surface; 1 x Bharat RAWS-03 radar at S-band frequency using a DA08 antenna
  • Air;1 x Bharat/Signaal RAWL-02 (PLN 517) radar at D-band frequency using a LW08 antenna
  • Navigation;1 x Decca Bridgemaster, BEL Rashmi (PIN 524) radar at I-band frequency using a ZW06 antenna
  • 1 × Bharat HUMSA sonar; 1 x Thales Sintra sonar and 1 x BEL Radar Warning Receiver Suite
  • 16 × Kh-35 (SS-N-25 Switchblade) AShMs (4 x quadruple KT-184 launchers)
  • 3 × 8 Barak SAM VLS system
  • 1 × OTO Melera Super Rapid 76mm main gun
  • 4 × 6-barrelled 30mm AK-630 Gatling guns
  • 6 × 324mm ILAS 3 (2 x triple tubes) with Whitehead A244S anti-submarine torpedoes
Aircraft carried:



The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Madhvendra Singh commissioned the INS Betwa, a guided missile frigate built at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, in Kolkata on July 7, 2004

Operation SukoonEdit

Betwa was a part of Task Force 54, returning from the Mediterranean, when the 2006 Israel-Lebanon Conflict broke out. As a part of Operation Sukoon, Betwa participated in the evacuation of Indian citizens from Lebanon to Cyprus.


On 4 January 2014, the ship hit an unidentified object underwater and cracked the sonar dome, and had also seen salt water ingress into sensitive equipment.[2][3]

On 5 December 2016, Betwa slipped off support blocks and over onto its port side when refloating and undocking inside the cruiser graving dock at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai during refit repairs, killing 2 sailors and injuring 15 others.[4] The ship's main mast was also damaged.[3][5][6]

Sources initially reported that the salvage and repair of the ship would take approximately two years.[7] Resolve Marine Engineering, a US-based firm, was contracted to salvage the flooded vessel in January 2017 for a sum of Rs. 20 Crore (20 million Indian Rupees, approximately USD $300,000 at the time).[8]

On 22 February 2017, it was reported that the ship was made upright and refloated.[9] Betwa was restored to an upright position by the US salvage company by systematically flooding and pumping her compartments without using any external lifting mechanisms.[10]


  1. ^ "Brahmaputra Class, Godavari Class". Indian Navy. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ Purohit, Jugal R (24 January 2014). "What ails the Indian Navy's blue water aspirations?". India Today. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b "2 dead, 15 hurt as INS Betwa tips over during undocking". rediff. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Indian Navy Frigate Tips Over in Graving Dock". The Maritime Executive. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  5. ^ Presley, Thomas (5 December 2016). "INS Betwa slips at Naval dockyard". Mumbai: Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  6. ^ "In Mega-Accident, Warship INS Betwa Flips Over, 2 Sailors Dead". NDTV. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  7. ^ Som, Vishnu (6 December 2016). "Navy Plans To Salvage Rs. 600 Crore INS Betwa Which Lies On Its Side Flooded". NDTV. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Rs 20cr deal to lift INS Betwa". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  9. ^ "INS Betwa back on even keel". rediff. 22 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Indian Navy's Warship INS Betwa Restored To Upright Position After Capsized In Mumbai". Marine Insight. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.