What is INS Chennai?

1 min read
What is INS Chennai? Blog Image


INS Chennai, recently deployed in the Red Sea undertook Passage Exercise (Passex) with Royal Saudi Naval Ship HMS Al Jubail.

About INS Chennai


  • It is the Indian Navy’s indigenously designed and constructed guided missile destroyer.
  • It is the third and last ship of the Kolkata-class stealth-guided missile destroyers (Project 15A).
  • It was constructed by the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) at Mumbai.
  • INS Chennai was commissioned into the Indian Navy on November 21, 2016.


Features of INS Chennai

  • It measures 163 meters in length and has a beam of 17.4 meters.
  • Displacement: Over 7,500 tons.
  • Top Speed: 30 knots (approx 55 KM/hour)
  • It is powered by four reversible gas turbine engines.
  • It can carry 350 to 400 people.
  • Armament: It is armed with Vertical launch and long-range surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems like supersonic BrahMos, ‘Barak-8’ Long Range Surface to Air missiles.
  • The ship is equipped to fight under nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
  • It is fitted with a modern Surveillance Radar, which provides target data to the gunnery weapon systems of the ship.
  • The ship’s Anti Submarine Warfare capabilities are provided by the indigenously developed Rocket Launchers and Torpedo Launchers.


Key Facts about Red Sea:

  • It is a semi-enclosed inlet (or extension) of the Indian Ocean between the continents of Africa from Asia.
  • It is connected to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean to the south through the Gulf of Aden and the narrow strait of Bab el Mandeb.
  • The northern portion of the Red Sea is bifurcated by the Sinai Peninsula into the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez, where it is connected to the Mediterranean Sea via the famous Suez Canal.
  • It contains some of the world’s hottest and saltiest seawater.
  • Bordering Countries:
    • A total of 6 countries in Asia and Africa border the Red Sea. 
    • The countries of Yemen and Saudi Arabia border the Red Sea to the east.
    • It is bordered by Egypt to the north and west, and by Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti to the west.


Q1) What is BrahMos?

The BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia. The name "BrahMos" is a combination of two rivers: the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia. It is one of the world's fastest cruise missiles and is known for its precision, speed, and versatility.

Source: Indian Navy's Guided Destroyer INS Chennai Fortifies Naval Ties With Saudi Arabia