Paradip: People gathered at Paradip Port to have a glimpse of the two warships of the Indian Navy which docked in the port this morning. As part of Navy Week celebrations, two warships of the Eastern Fleet—INS Rajput and INS Kora— were opened for the school children on the first day.
Sources said the two warships will stay in the port for three days. While the warships will reopen for the invited guest tomorrow, general public will be allowed to visit the warships from 9 AM to 4 PM on the last day on Saturday.
INS Rajput is the first of modified versions of the Soviet Kashin guided-missile destroyer retrofitted with a state-of-the-art weapons and sensor package designed for multi-dimensional combat operations. The ship is also a potent anti-submarine warfare platform with indigenous sonar and an integral Kamov helicopter which can seek and destroy submarines.
INS Kora is a missile corvette which is indigenously designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The ship’s armament include surface-to-surface missiles, MR gun and close range anti-missile defence which enable the ship to assume a significant role in protecting sensitive harbours and coastal installations.
The visitors were explained on various naval evolutions and operations by means of photo boards and projection systems. The visitors had the opportunity to interact with the Men in White and experienced life in the Navy from close quarters with considerable excitement.
While the media persons were denied entry into the port today, a Naval officer informed that the Indian Navy would provide detailed information on Saturday.