Stealth guided missile destroyer, INS Imphal was commissioned into the Indian Navy at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday.
INS Imphal is the third of four indigenously built ‘Vishakhapatnam’ class destroyers. It is the Indian Navy’s largest and most advanced destroyer to be ever named after a city.
Constructed by Mazgaon Dock Limited, the ship exhibits a remarkable indigenous content of around 75 per cent, featuring BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles, medium-range surface-to-air missiles, indigenous anti-submarine rocket launchers, and a 76mm super rapid gun mount.
Part of Project 15B (Visakhapatnam class), INS Imphal, with a length of 163 meters and 7,400 tons displacement, stands as a formidable naval presence.
The ship is well-equipped with advanced weapons, sensors, and surveillance radar, making it one of India’s most potent warships.
Designed for combat under Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions, INS Imphal exhibits high automation, stealth features, and survivability. Powered by Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion, the ship can attain speeds exceeding 30 knots (56 km/hour).
Delivered to the Indian Navy on October 20, INS Imphal completed a rigorous trial programme, including the successful test-firing of the extended-range supersonic BrahMos missile.
Taking to X, Chief Minister N Biren Singh posted, “We are extremely proud as INS Imphal, the first indigenously built destroyer to be named after the capital city of Manipur, gets commissioned today by Hon’ble Defence Minister, Shri @rajnathsingh ji.
INS Imphal will play a major role in strengthening India’s maritime prowess while contributing towards the protection of our national security.”