Today in Indian Navy History: 16 September (On This Day)

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2002: INS Amini, a Petya class anti submarine vessel was decommissioned from the Indian Navy on 16 Sep 2002. Built in Russia and commissioned on 12 Dec 1974, the ship served in the Indian Navy for 28 years before its decommissioning.

INS Amini

INS Amini was a Petya-class frigate (anti submarine vessel) of the Indian Navy. It was commissioned on December 12, 1974, and decommissioned on September 16, 2002. The ship was named after the island of Amini in the Lakshadweep archipelago.

INS Amini
INS Amini

INS Amini was built by the Zhdanov Shipyard in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia). It was one of six Petya-class frigates ordered by the Indian Navy in the early 1970s. The ship was armed with four 76mm guns, two 30mm guns, and four anti-submarine rocket launchers.

INS Amini served with the Indian Navy for over 28 years. During its service, the ship participated in several operations, including:

  • Operation Pawan (1987-1990): INS Amini was part of the Indian Navy contingent that deployed to Sri Lanka to help implement the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord.
  • Operation Gulf Shield (1990-1991): INS Amini was deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of the Indian Navy’s contribution to the international coalition against Iraq in the aftermath of the invasion of Kuwait.

INS Amini was also involved in several humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, including:

  • In 1978, INS Amini assisted the merchant ship MV Kangan, which had run aground off the coast of Oman.
  • In 1980, INS Amini participated in the rescue of the crew of the merchant ship MV Sunrise, which had been hijacked by pirates.
  • In 1987, INS Amini participated in Operation Azad, a humanitarian assistance mission to Sri Lanka.

INS Amini was decommissioned on September 16, 2002, after a long and distinguished service. The ship was broken up for scrap in 2004.

INS Amini Specifications:

  • Type: Petya-class frigate
  • Displacement: 1,050 tons
  • Length: 90 meters
  • Beam: 9.8 meters
  • Draft: 3.8 meters
  • Speed: 32 knots
  • Range: 2,500 nautical miles
  • Armament:
    • 4 x 76mm guns
    • 2 x 30mm guns
    • 4 x anti-submarine rocket launchers
  • Crew: 130

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