INS Karmuk is a Kora-class corvette, currently in active service with the Indian Navy.[1]

INS Karmuk (P64) at Visakhapatnam. P.Suresh.
INS Karmuk (P64) at Visakhapatnam. P.Suresh.
NameINS Karmuk
NamesakeMythological weapon
BuilderGarden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers
Laid down27 August 1997
LaunchedApril 2001
Commissioned4 February 2004
Statusin active service
General characteristics
Class and typeKora-class corvette
Displacement1,400 tons full load
Length91.1 m (299 ft)
Beam10.5 m (34 ft)
Draught4.5 m (15 ft)
  • 2 diesel motors with 14,400 hp
  • 2 shafts
Speed25 knots (46 km/h)
Range4,000 mi (6,400 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement134 (incl 14 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems
  • 1 × MR 352 Pozitiv-E radar
  • Bharat 1245 navigation radar
  • Bharat Vympel IPN-10 combat data system
Aircraft carried1 HAL Chetak or HAL Dhruv helicopter

Service history edit

South China Sea and the North West Pacific edit

The ships, as part of a battle group of 4 ships began a sustained operational deployment to the South China Sea and the North West Pacific Ocean. The other three ships were the INS Rana, a Rajput class guided missile destroyer, INS Shivalik, a stealth frigate, and INS Shakti, a Deepak-class fleet tanker. This battle group was under the command of Rear Admiral P Ajit Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet. According to the Ministry of Defence, the two-month deployment, far from India's usual area of operations, along with naval exercises with a number of countries, aimed to demonstrate the Indian navy's operational reach.[2][3]

During the deployment the battle group participated in passage exercises with the navies of the countries visited. The 'Passage Exercises' focussed on maritime security cooperation, which included humanitarian aid & disaster relief (HADR) operations and 'visit, board, search and seizure' (VBSS) drills for anti-piracy operations. These exercises aimed to increase naval inter-operability, enabling the two navies to function together smoothly during possible HADR operations. In addition, during the port visits, the Fleet Commander along with the commanding officers of the ships met high-ranking officials of the Navy, state administration, port management, coastal security organization, police, and other stakeholders of maritime security in the countries visited, to share professional experiences and exchange best practices in areas of mutual interest.[2][3]

JIMEX 2012 edit

The ship was deployed in the North West Pacific for JIMEX 2012 (Japan-India Maritime Exercise) with the four ship group, and took part in India's first bi-lateral maritime exercise with Japan. The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) was represented by two destroyers, one maritime patrol aircraft and a helicopter.[4]

The four ships entered Tokyo on 5 June 12 after visiting Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and Republic of Korea. They stayed in Tokyo for 3 days. This visit coincides with commemoration of 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Japan. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command also visited Tokyo to witness the first JIMEX.[2][5][6]

Southeast Asia edit

After the deployment in the North pacific, the battle group was deployed in the South China Sea.[7][8] As part of India's Look East policy, the ships visited the Shanghai port on 13 June 2012, for a five-day goodwill tour.[5][9] INS Shakti served as the fuel and logistics tanker to the three destroyers. The ships left the port on 17 June 2012.[10] Before leaving the port, the ships conducted routine passage exercise with the People's Liberation Army Navy.[11][12][3]

After the visits to Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, South Korea and China, the ships visited Port Klang, Malaysia. This was the last port call of the battle group, after which it returned to the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy, after being on a two-month-long deployment which started in May 2012.[2][13][14]

References edit

  1. ^ "Surface Ships of Indian Navy". Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "First bilateral maritime exercise between India and Japan" (PDF). Indian Navy Press Release. 9 May 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Mohan, C Raja. "Analysis: Japanese Navy". Observer Research Foundation. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ "India, Japan to hold first naval exercise from today". IBN Live. 9 June 2012. Archived from the original on 3 September 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b "How Indian Navy is expanding and modernising". NDTV. 25 June 2012. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Japanese warships call at Kochi". The Hindu. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Warm reception to Indian naval ships in China". Zee News. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Indian warships to dock at Chinese port". Zee News. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  9. ^ Indian warships to dock at Chinese port after 6 yrs gap
  10. ^ "Indian warships wrap up China visit". NDTV. 19 June 2012. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Chinese Navy calls for trust building with India". The Hindu. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Chinese Navy calls for trust building with India". THE WEEK IN REVIEW. IDSA. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Indian warships on goodwill tour, dock in Malaysia". NDTV. 28 June 2012. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Indian navy ships on 4-day visit". New Straits Times. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.

External links edit

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