INS Shivalik

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Overview:

Indian naval ship (INS) Shivalik on Saturday departed Singapore for Yokosuka in Japan, and is scheduled to participate in Japan-India maritime exercise (Jimex) and Rim of Pacific (Rimpac) military exercise.

About INS Shivalik:

  • It is the lead ship of her class of stealth multi-role frigates built for the Indian Navy.
  • It is the first stealth warship built by India.
  • It is built at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), located in Mumbai.
  • It was commissioned into the Indian Navy on April 29, 2010.
  • Features:
    • It has a length of 142.5 m (468 ft) overall, a beam of 16.9 m (55 ft), and a draft of 4.5 m (15 ft).
    • The ships displace about 4,900 tonnes (4,800 long tons; 5,400 short tons) at normal load and 6,200 tonnes (6,100 long tons; 6,800 short tons) at full load. 
    • Maximum Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
    • It features improved stealth and land-attacking features over the preceding Talwar-class frigates. 
    • It is also the first Indian Navy ship to use the CODOG propulsion system.
    • It is equipped with a mix of Russian, Indian, and Western weapon systems.
  • These include the 3.0-inch Otobreda naval gun, Klub and BrahMos supersonic anti-ship missiles, Shtil-1 anti-aircraft missiles, RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers, and DTA-53-956 torpedo launchers. 

Q1: What is Dharma Guardian?

It is an annual exercise and conducted alternatively in India and Japan. Aim of the Exercise is to foster Military Cooperation and enhance combined capabilities to execute joint operations in semi-urban environments under Chapter VII of United Nations Charter.

Source: Navy warship Shivalik leaves Singapore for maritime exercises with Japan, US