INS Godavari (F20)

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INS Godavari (F20), INS Brahmaputra (F31) and INS Beas (F39)
Name: INS Godavari
Namesake: Godavari River
Builder: Mazagon Dock Limited
Commissioned: 10 December 1983
Status: Being decommissioned.[1]
Seal of INS Godavari
General characteristics
Class and type: Godavari class
Displacement: 3600 tons standard,
3850 tons full load
Length: 126.4 metres
Beam: 14.5 metres
Draught: 4.5 metres
Propulsion: 2 turbines with 30,000 hp motors; 2 550 psi boilers; 2 shafts
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)
Range: 4,500 mi (7,200 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 313 (incl. 40 Officers & 13 Aircrew)
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 x Signaal D-band radar
1 x MR-310U Angara (NATO: Head Net-C) E-band radar
2 x Signaal ZW06 or Don Kay I-band radars for navigation
Bharat APSOH hull mounted sonar, Fathoms Oceanic VDS and Type 162M sonar
Armament: 4 x P-20M (SS-N-2D Styx) AShMs in single-tube launchers
Barak SAM system
2 x 57mm (twin) guns at 90° elevation
4 x AK-230 30mm gunmounts with 85° elevation (in CIWS role only)
6 x 324mm ILAS 3 torpedo tubes with Whitehead A244S or NST 58 anti-submarine torpedoes
Aircraft carried: 2 helicopters
Sea King Mk.42B or HAL Chetak

INS Godavari (F20) is the lead ship of her class of guided-missile frigates of the Indian Navy. Built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai, she was commissioned on 10 December 1983. As of April 2015, she is in the process of being decommissioned.[2]


Operation Cactus[edit]

In 1988, following an attempted coup d'état against Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom by Sri Lankan mercenaries, India launched Operation Cactus to restore the democratically elected government. After Indian paratroopers restored the presidency, the mercenaries captured Maldivian hostages on board a freighter and fled towards Sri Lanka. INS Godavari and INS Betwa (F39) successfully intercepted the freighter, rescued the hostages and arrested the mercenaries off the Sri Lankan coast.[3]


While the UN Security Council Resolution 954, extended the UN mandate for UNOSOM II in Somalia to March 1995, the United States and other NATO members of the mission abandoned the peacekeeping effort and withdrew from Somalia over a year earlier. As the mission approached its scheduled end, the situation on the ground continued to deteriorate. With no other international support forthcoming, INS Godavari along with INS Ganga and INS Shakti were deployed to Mogadishu in December 1994 to support the withdrawal of the Indian Army's 66 Brigade, including the 2nd Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry (2 JAKLI).[4]

Pakistan Naval Ship Babur brushed with INS Godavari in June 2011 while escorting Egyptian ship MV Suez. This incident triggered a diplomatic row between India and Pakistan.[5]


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