INS Betwa (F39)

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Career
Name: INS Betwa
Namesake: "the tenacious torrent"
Commissioned: 7 July 2004
Fate: Active service
General characteristics
Class & type: Brahmaputra class guided missile frigate
Displacement: 3850 tons full load
Length: 126.4 metres
Beam: 14.5 metres
Draught: 4.5 metres
Propulsion: Two Bhopal turbines with 30,000 hp, two 550 psi boilers and two shafts
Speed: In excess of 30 knots (60 km/h)
Range: 4500 miles at 12 knots (20 km/h)
Complement: 440-450 (incl. 40 officers + 13 aircrew)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Air/Surface; 1 x Bharat RAWS-03 radar at S-band frequency using a DA08 antenna
Air;1 x Bharat/Signaal RAWL-02 (PLN 517) radar at D-band frequency using a LW08 antenna
Navigation;1 x Decca Bridgemaster, BEL Rashmi (PIN 524) radar at I-band frequency using a ZW06 antenna
1 x Bharat HUMSA sonar and 1 x Thales Sintra sonar
Armament: 16 x Kh-35 (SS-N-25 Switchblade) AShMs (4 x quadruple KT-184 launchers)
3 x 8 Barak SAM VLS system
1 x OTO Melera Super Rapid 76mm main gun
4 x 6-barrelled 30mm AK-630 Gatling guns
6 x 324mm ILAS 3 (2 x triple tubes) with Whitehead A244S anti-submarine torpedoes
Aircraft carried: 2 helicopters:
2 Sea King Mk.42B or a
combination of the HAL Chetak and a Sea King Mk.42B
INS Betwa Docked at Mumbai Dock

INS Betwa (F39) is a Brahmaputra class guided missile frigate currently in service with the Indian Navy. It is named for the Betwa River.

Operations[edit]

Operation Cactus[edit]

During Operation Cactus, the Indian Navy was called in to rescue the Maldivian hostages taken by Sri Lankan mercenaries off the coast of Sri Lanka. INS Godavari (F20) and INS Betwa captured the freighter, rescued the hostages and arrested the mercenaries near the Sri Lankan coast.[1]

Operation Sukoon[edit]

INS Betwa was a part of Task Force 54, returning from the Mediterranean, when the 2006 Israel-Lebanon Conflict broke out. As a part of Operation Sukoon, INS Betwa participated in the evacuation of Indian citizens from Lebanon to Cyprus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://indiannavy.nic.in/cactus.htm