INS Chennai (D65)

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INS Chennai (D65) is the third ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. She was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) located in Mumbai. INS Chennai is the last of the three ships built under the code name Project 15A.[14] INS Chennai has on her seal a Bull symbolising the Jallikattu festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu from where the ship associates its heritage. On 17 April 2017, INS Chennai was dedicated to the city of Chennai in presence of its Chief Minister K. Palaniswamy.[15]

INS Chennai (D65) during an exercise in the Indian Ocean.jpg
INS Chennai (D65) during an exercise in the Indian Ocean.
Name: Chennai
Namesake: Chennai
Operator: Indian Navy
Builder: Mazagon Dock Limited
Laid down: February 2006
Launched: 1 April 2010[1]
Completed: 12 November 2015
Commissioned: 21 Nov 2016[2][3][4]
Motto: Shatro Sanharaka ("Vanquisher of Enemies")[5]
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Kolkata-class destroyer
Displacement: 8,100 t (8,000 long tons; 8,900 short tons) full load[6][7][8][9]
Length: 163 m (535 ft)
Beam: 17.4 m (57 ft)
Speed: In excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Anti-air missiles:
  • 4 × 8-cell VLS, for a total of 32;[12]
  • Barak 8 missiles (Range: 0.5 km (0.31 mi) to 90 km (56 mi)[13])
  • Anti-ship missiles:
  • 2 × 8-cell UVLM for 16 BrahMos anti ship missiles
  • Guns:
  • 1 × 76 mm gun
  • 4 × AK-630 CIWS
  • Anti-submarine warfare:
  • 4 × Torpedo tubes
  • 2 × RBU-6000 anti-submarine rockets
Aircraft carried:


She was laid down in February 2006, and was launched on 2 April 2010 by the then Defence Minister AK Antony's wife Elizabeth Antony at a function in Mumbai, and was commissioned on 21 November 2016 by the Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.[2][16] INS Chennai is the first naval ship named after Chennai, capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, India.[17]


The India-designed ship is designed to have state of the art weapons and sensors, stealth features, an advanced action information system, a comprehensive auxiliary control system, world class modular living spaces, sophisticated power distribution system and a host of other advanced features. These ships integrate many new features and involve design changes that ensure a far more advanced weapons platforms compared to the earlier Project 15 ships.

The ship's air defence capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, revolve around the vertical launch, long range surface-to-air missile system, co-developed by DRDO.

Four AK-630 rapid-fire guns will provide the ship with close-in-defence capability while an MR gun will enable her to provide effective naval gunfire support.

India-developed twin tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship's anti-submarine capability.

INS Chennai is designed to carry the supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile system. The system enables the ship to engage shore-based and naval surface targets at long range making it a lethal platform for strike against enemy targets.

Cooperative Engagement Capability through Joint Taskforce Coordination (JTC) modeEdit

On 15 May 2019, INS Chennai along with INS Kochi participated in the maiden cooperative engagement firing through the employment of the full Joint Taskforce Coordination (JTC) mode which implements the MRSAM / Barak 8 'Cooperative Engagement' operating mode.[18][19][20][21]

Notable DeploymentsEdit

INS Chennai, along with INS Sunayna was sent to the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman in June 2019 to protect Indian shipping interests amid tensions in the Strait of Hormuz.[22]


See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b "Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai Joins the Indian Navy" (Press release). Indian Navy. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Largest-ever 'Made-in-India' warship INS Chennai commissioned". The Times of India. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Project 15A to end with commissioning of INS Chennai on Monday". Business Standard. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Indigenous INS Chennai will be commissioned on Monday". The Sunday Guardian Live. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ "INS Kolkata". Indian Navy. Archived from the original on 16 June 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  7. ^ INS Kolkata: embarquement immédiat. l'express. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Navy gets its largest destroyer". The Hindu. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Largest destroyer project of Navy hit by delay". Defence Express. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Bharat Electronics Ltd. awards LW08 contract to Thales". 2 July 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
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  12. ^ Som, Vishnu (16 August 2014). "On INS Kolkata, PM is Only Partially Correct". NDTV. Retrieved 8 March 2015. At the moment, she is designed to carry only 32 Barak surface-to-air missiles...
  13. ^ "India commissions second Kolkata-class destroyer". Jane's Information Group. IHSJanes. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Kolkata Class Guided Missile Destroyers, India". Naval Technology. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Naval ship dedicated to Chennai city". The Times of India. Press Trust of India. 17 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Warship INS Chennai commissioned by Indian Navy". SSB Interview Tips. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Project 15-A destroyer, INS Kochi To be launched on 18 Sep 2009". PIB. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
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