NAVY: INS Alleppey, last of the Pondicherry class minesweepers, bids farewell!


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INS Alleppey was decommissioned at sunset on 13 March 2015 by Rear Admiral MS Pawar, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area.  INS Alleppey was the last of the six Pondicherry class coastal minesweepers. Post decommissioning six minesweepers will be left in the Indian Navy.

The decommissioning ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai attended by ex-Commanding Officers of the ship as well as senior officers of the Western Naval Command. INS Alleppey actively served the Indian Navy for nearly 35 years under the Western Naval Command.

INS Alleppey was the last ship from the first batch of Mine Sweepers purchased from the erstwhile USSR between 1978 and 1980. The ship was built in 1979 at Leningrad and was handed over to the Indian Navy on 10th June 1980. The ship was designed to detect and destroy underwater mines near harbor so as to provide safe passage for other Fleet Ships.

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