Indian Navy commissions third Project 15B destroyer Imphal
The Indian Navy commissioned its latest stealth guided missile destroyer Imphal at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on December 26.
The event marks the formal induction into the Navy of the third of four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers, indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Warship Design Bureau and constructed by Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai.
Notably, Imphal is the first warship to have been named after a city from the North East, the approval for which was accorded by the President on 16 April 2019, thus underlining the importance of the region for national security, sovereignty and prosperity.
Imphal was delivered to the Indian Navy on October 20 after completing a rigorous and comprehensive trial program both in the harbour and at sea.
The ship successfully test-fired the extended-range supersonic BrahMos missile in November 2023, a first for any indigenous warship before commissioning.
Following this milestone achievement, the ship’s crest was unveiled by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri at New Delhi on 28 November 2023, in the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur and other senior dignitaries. Upon commissioning, INS Imphal will join the Western Naval Command.