The memorial would not only be a source of inspiration for the young officers and sailors who come to Kochi for their training but also be available for viewing by the civilian population as and when the Naval base was open to visitors, Admiral Mehta said, after inaugurating the Chatak Memorial.
The Navy had acquired INS Chatak from erstwhile Soviet Union and the ship was commissioned into the 25th Missile Vessel Squadron at Kolkata on February 9, 1977, he said.
Vice Admiral J S Bedi, Flag officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, said powered by 3 Radial Engines, the ship was capable of speeds in excess of 35 Knots. Armed with four 'P 15-U' surface to surface missiles with a range of 45 kms and two 30mm Anti Aircraft guns capable of firing 4000 rounds per minute, this small ship was a potent threat and played an important role in the protection of India's maritime interests.
In an operational career spanning 26 eventful years, the ship fired a total of 14 missiles. In recognition of her role and performance she was awarded the 'Unit Citation' by the Chief of the Naval Staff in 2000.