DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
At the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, the Indian Navy celebrated farewell to two naval ships - INS Nishank and INS Akshay - as they were decommissioned after 32 years of their service at the forefront of safeguarding the maritime interests of the nation.
These ships were commissioned in the freezing temperature of the Poti Shipyard of presently in Georgia and now decommissioned in the tropical temperature of Mumbai.
At the event, all the seafarers bear the names of their ships as their own identity, as these ships remain a source of honour and pride.
INS Nishank is the fourth of the Veer-class missile corvette and has been an integral part of the "Killer Squadron" renowned for its heroics in the 1971 war. The ship holds the distinction of having operated on both the eastern as well as western seaboard.
Akshay is part of the 23rd patrol vessel squadron whose primary role is anti-submarine warfare and coastal patrol.
These ships were deployed during heightened security situations such as the Kargil War (1999), Operation Parakram (2001) and after the Uri attack (2017), maintaining a vigil to give a befitting reply against any enemy misadventure.