INS Nipat (K86) was a Vidyut class missile boat of the Indian Navy.[2][3] It was part of the 25th "Killer" Missile squadron.

 Indian Navy
Name: INS Nipat
Commissioned: 26 April 1971
Decommissioned: 29 February 1988
General characteristics
Class and type: Vidyut class missile boat
Displacement: 245 tons (full load)[1]
Length: 38.6 meters
Beam: 7.6 meters
Speed: 37+ knots
Complement: 30
  • 4 × SS-N-2A Styx AShM
  • 2 × AK-230 30mm guns

Operation TridentEdit

During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, INS Nipat was part of the Operation Trident strike force. On the afternoon of 4 December, 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.[4]

Other vessels of the strike group sank a Pakistan Navy destroyer PNS Khaibar and a minesweeper PNS Muhafiz.[citation needed]

Lieutenant Commander Bahadur Nariman Kavina, the Commanding Officer of the Nipat was awarded the Vir Chakra for his role during the operation.[5][6]


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