Both ships’ pennants were removed on Sunday evening as part of a procedure signifying the end of their service
New Delhi: Indian Navy ships Nishank and Akshay will be decommissioned in Mumbai on Friday after 32 years of service in the presence of their crew and commanding officers.
Nishank, a Veer-class corvette armed with surface-to-surface missiles, was part of the squadron renowned for its heroism in the 1971 war with Pakistan. It operated on both the east coast and the west coast. After decommissioning, the ship will be presented as a relic of war.
“The ships will continue to inspire our future generations to be part of our glorious past and bright future, showcasing the power of the Indian Navy,” the navy said in a statement.
“Commissioned in the freezing temperature of the former Soviet Union’s Poti shipyard which is currently in Georgia, the ships will be decommissioned in the tropical temperature of Mumbai where the atmosphere will be charged with emotions and nostalgia of all ex-crews of both ships.”
Akshay, which was primarily involved in anti-submarine warfare and coastal patrol, was equipped with long-range torpedoes and anti-submarine rockets.
The ships’ pennants were removed on Sunday evening signifying the end of their service. Veterans who served on these ships will attend the decommissioning event with their families.