Indian Naval Ships, the
minesweepers 'Konkan', 'Cannanore' and 'Cuddalore', were decommissioned in a
ceremony at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam today.
Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval
Command, Vice Admiral M S Pawar was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The three retired commissioning
Commanding Officers of INS Cannanore, INS Cuddalore and INS Konkan, Rear
Admiral Ravi Gaikwad, Rear Admiral PK Nair and Commodore Mohandas were the
guests of honour.
The ships retired as operational
ships after three decades of service in the Indian Navy, a navy release said.
The decommissioning ceremony was
attended by 38 erstwhile Commanding Officers and nearly 500 personnel who
served on them, it said.
Vice Admiral Pawar paid tribute to
the crew of the ships and highlighted the contributions of the vesels to the
country's maritime security and their participation in various operations,
ranging over three decades.
As part of the decommissioning
ceremony, a ceremonial dinner was held on March 22, followed bya 'Barakhana'
for retired and serving sailors and their families this afternoon.
of these minesweepers sailed nearly 30,000 nautical miles during their
operational life, which is comparable to circumnavigating the globe four and a
half times over, the release said.