Indian Navy decommissions INS Gomati
The Indian Navy decommissioned the INS Gomati, a Godavari class guided-missile frigate, after 34 years of service. The ship, which had been deployed in Operations Cactus, Parakram and Rainbow, was decommissioned at sunset at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
More about Gomati
- Gomati was designed by the Indian Navy and built in an Indian shipyard, and these were initial steps towards an Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India).
- Gomati's legacy will be kept alive in an open air museum being set up on the banks of the Gomti river (from which the frigate derives her name) in Lucknow where several of her combat systems will be displayed as military and war relics.
- The Uttar Pradesh government and Indian Navy have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for this purpose. The INS Gomati will be commissioned in a new avatar in the Indian Navy.
- The present INS Gomati was commissioned on 16 April 1988, by then defence minister K C Pant at the Mazgaon Dock.
- The ship was twice awarded the coveted Unit Citation, once in 2007-08 and in 2019-20. The earliest avatar of INS Gomati was decommissioned in 1979.