Kolkata class destroyers are follow-on of the legendary Project 15 ‘Delhi’ class destroyers which entered service in the late 1990s. Conceived and designed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design, the ships have been christened after major port cities of India viz. Kolkata, Kochi and Chennai.
The keel of Kolkata was laid on 26 Sep 03 and the ship was launched on 30 Mar 06. Regarded as the most potent warship to have been constructed in India yet, this magnificentship measures 164 meters in length and approximately 18 meters in width and has a full load displacement of 7400 tonnes.
Commissioning Ceremony of INS Kolkata on 16 Aug 14
The ship has a Combined Gas and Gas(COGAG) propulsion system, consisting of four powerful reversible gas turbinesand can attain speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship’s electric power isprovided by four gas turbine generators and one diesel alternator, whichtogether produce 4.5 Mega-Watts of electrical power, enough to light up a smalltown. The ship has a complement of 30 officers and 300 sailors.