INS Ranvijay

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INS Ranvijay at annual bi-lateral naval field training exercise.jpg
INS Ranvijay during Exercise Malabar 2012
Name: INS Ranvijay
Builder: 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant
Commissioned: 21 December 1987 at POTI (U.S.S.R.)
Homeport: Visakhapatnam
Identification: Pennant number: D55
Status: in active service
Seal of INS Ranvijay
General characteristics
Class and type: Rajput-class destroyer
  • 3,950 tons standard
  • 4,974 tons full load[1]
Length: 147 m (482 ft)
Beam: 16 m (52 ft)
Draught: 5 m (16 ft)
Propulsion: 4 x gas turbine engines; 2 shafts, 72,000 hp (54,000 kW)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
  • 4,000 mi (6,400 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
  • 2,600 miles (4,200 km) at 30 knots (56 km/h)
Complement: 320 (including 35 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Navigation: 2 x Volga (NATO: Don Kay) radar at I-band frequency,
  • Air: 1 x MP-500 Kliver (NATO: Big Net-A) radar at C-band or 1 x Bharat RAWL (Dutch Signaal LW08) radar at D-band (installed on INS Ranjit),
  • Air/Surface: 1 x MR-310U Angara (NATO: Head Net-C) radar at E-band, replaced by 1 x EL/M-2238 STAR[2]
  • Communication: Inmarsat,
  • Sonar: 1 x hull mounted Vycheda MG-311 (NATO: Wolf Paw) sonar replaced with Bharat HUMSA during MLR, 1 x Vyega MG-325 (NATO: Mare Tail) variable depth sonar
  • Anti-surface:
  • 8 × Brahmos supersonic missiles in aft VLS (replaces SAM launcher)
  • 4 × SS-N-2D Styx AShM missiles in inclined launchers
  • Air-defence:
  • 2 × Barak SAM 8 cell launchers (port and starboard)
  • 1 × S-125M (NATO: SA-N-1) SAM launcher
  • Guns:
  • 1 × 76.2 mm (3 in) main gun,
  • 2 × 30 mm (1.2 in) AK-630M CIWS
  • Anti-submarine:
  • 1 × 533 mm (21 in) PTA 533 quintuple torpedo tube launcher,
  • 2 × RBU-6000 anti-submarine mortars,
Aircraft carried: 1 x Ka-28 helicopter

INS Ranvijay is a Rajput-class destroyer in active service with the Indian Navy. Ranvijay was commissioned on 21 December 1987 at Poti, in the then-Soviet Union.

Service history[edit]

The Indian Navy was a part of the joint forces exercises, Operation Parakram, during the 2001–02 India–Pakistan standoff. The operation included 26 naval cadets from various part of India under the command of Senior Cadet Captain Ajithkumar Nair from the Kerala and Lakshadweep Directorate. This was the only operation includes cadets in the history of Indian Defense.

She has won the prestigious Cock Trophy in the annual Western Fleet whaler boat regatta held at the Naval Dockyard on 7 January 2006.[3]

Ranvijay participated in the multinational Malabar Naval Exercise between Australia, India, Singapore, Japan and United States in the Bay of Bengal.

In July 2014 Ranjivay, accompanied by the stealth frigate Shivalik and fleet tanker Shakti took part in the INDRA War Games, a naval and army counter-terrorism exercise with Russia. In November 2016 Ranjivay, accompanied by the corvette INS Kamorta took part in the SIMBEX War Games, a naval exercise with Singapore Navy which bought the RSN’s stealth frigate, RSS Formidable.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Ranvijay received the best ship of the Eastern Fleet Trophy for the year 2006–07 and 2011–12.