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PTI / The Mumbai / MUMBAI, August 20, 2011.
Sailors hoist the National Flag on board the Indian Navy's INS Satpura stealth frigate during its commissioning in Mumbai on Saturday. Photo: Vivek Bendre.
Navy’s strike capabilities received a boost as the second indigenously-built stealth warship, INS Satpura, was inducted into operational service in Mumbai on Saturday.
The second of the three-ship Project-17 Shivalik Class frigate, INS Satpura, was commissioned by Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma.
Defence Minister A.K. Antony was scheduled to commission the ship but could not do so as he is indisposed, the Navy chief said.
Built by the state-owned Mazagon Dockyards Limited, INS Satpura is a 143-metre-long warship with 6,200-tonne displacement.
The lead ship of this category, INS Shivalik, was commissioned into the Navy in April last year.
The Shivalik class warships can deal with multiple threat environment and are fitted with weapon suite comprising both area and point defence systems.
It has sensors for air, surface and sub-surface surveillance, electronic support and counter equipment and decoys for soft kill measures.
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