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Indian Navy enhances warship capabilities, launches INS Satpura
To further boost its warship capabilities, the Indian Navy today launched INS Satpura. The multi-role frigate was commissioned by naval chief Admiral Nirmal Verma.
INDIAN NAVAL Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma today commissioned INS Satpura, a natively designed and constructed warship. The multi-role warship has been built by an Indian naval team and is expected to enhance the country’s warship capabilities.
 
The 142.5m long stealth frigate boasts of a wide range of lethal weapons and sensors; it can easily deceive an enemy and catch him when he least expects. It will be among the frontline warships of the Indian Navy, which has a fleet of 130 vessels.

The frigate was to be inaugurated by Defence Minister A.K. Antony, but the plan had to be changed at the last moment after the minister cancelled his trip to Mumbai. So, Verma performed the commissioning task by hoisting the naval flag on the ship while the naval band played the national anthem.

INS Satpura belongs to the Shivalik class frigates. It is the second warship of this class, the first being INS Shivalik that was inaugurated in April, 2010. The Indian Navy is currently working on INS Sahyadri, also of the same class, which is expected to be commissioned next year.

The three Shivalik class frigates come under the Project 17, estimated at around Rs.8,100 crore. A total of eight countries worldwide are capable of building stealth warships, with India being one of them.

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