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Named after the bustling city of Mumbai, INS Mumbai recently celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Tiger Gate port of the financial capital. From blood donation camps to tree plantation drives, various events were organised in the city to honor the rich legacy of the warship.
#Destroyer #INSMumbai celebrates 20th anniversary today in service to the Nation. The ship's association with #Mumbai city is unique as it is the only ship of #IndianNavy to be stationed in its namesake city. The ship’s motto “I am Invincible” resonates with spirit of the city. pic.twitter.com/rkusSWDGMa— PRO Defence Mumbai (@DefPROMumbai) January 22, 2021
Built at the Mazagon Docks and commissioned by P.C. Alexandar (the then Governor of the state), the ship is affiliated to the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment of the Indian Army. Its motto is ‘Aham Prayptam Tvidametesam Balama’ (I am Invincible), and it has lived up to that over the years.
A model of the ship was dedicated to Mumbai in December last year. You can check it out at JK Kapur Chowk, Worli, next to the iconic Bandra Worli Sealink.
On many occassions, warships like INS Mumbai are kept open to the public for viewing.
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Unlike previous variants, INS Mumbai reflects the spirit of the city it is named after. Whether it is the crest that showcases the Gateway of India or its entrance that is called ‘Gateway’, the ship is adorned with parts that resonate with the local spots in the city.
It has dining halls that are called ‘Khau Galli’, the flagstaff is known as the ‘Prongs Lighthouse’, and the quarterdeck ‘Virar’ (for being tucked away in a corner like its namesake), the helo deck is ‘Sahar Airport’ and the bridge is ‘Malabar Hill’ (for the breathtaking views of the sea).
Considered among the latest P-15 class destroyers, INS Mumbai is one of the very few ships to win back-to-back titles of the ‘Best Ship’ and ‘Most Spirited Ship’ in the armed forces.
The ship has been at the forefront of crucial naval missions in the country.It has evacuated Indian, Nepali, and Sri Lankan refugees from Lebanon under Operation Sukoon in 2006, and rescued Indians and foreigners from Yemen under Operation Rahat in 2015.
With 350 sailors and 40 officers on board, the warship moves at the speed of 32 knots and efficiently operates various helicopters in the naval inventory.
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