INS Shivalik (F47)
INS Shivalik during trials
|Builder:||Mazagon Dock Limited|
|Laid down:||11 July 2001|
|Launched:||18 April 2003|
|Commissioned:||29 April 2010|
|Status:||in active service|
|Type:||Shivalik-class guided missile frigate|
|Displacement:||6,200 tonnes (6,100 long tons; 6,800 short tons) full load|
|Length:||142.5 m (468 ft)|
|Beam:||16.9 m (55 ft)|
|Draught:||4.5 m (15 ft)|
|Propulsion:||boost turbines in CODOG configuration.|
|Complement:||257 (35 officers)|
|BEL Ajanta electronic warfare suite|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × HAL Dhruv or Sea King Mk. 42B helicopters.|
INS Shivalik was built at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) located in Mumbai. The keel of the ship was laid on 11 July 2001 and the vessel was launched on 18 April 2003. She was originally planned to be commissioned by 2005 but this was delayed. She started her sea trials in February 2009 and was eventually commissioned on 29 April 2010.
In 2012, INS Shivalik was deployed in the Northwest Pacific for JIMEX 2012 (Japan-India Maritime Exercise) with a four-ship group which included INS Rana, INS Shakti and INS Karmuk and took part in India's first bi-lateral maritime exercise with Japan. The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) was represented by two destroyers, one maritime patrol aircraft and a helicopter. The four ships entered Tokyo on 5 June 2012 after visiting Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and Republic of Korea. They stayed in Tokyo for three days. This visit coincided with commemoration of 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Japan. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command, also visited Tokyo to witness the first JIMEX.
After the deployment in the north Pacific, the battle group was deployed in the South China Sea. As part of India's Look East policy, the ships visited the Shanghai port on 13 June 2012, for a five-day goodwill tour. INS Shakti served as the fuel and logistics tanker to the three destroyers. The ships left the port on 17 June 2012. Before leaving the port, the ships conducted a routine passage exercise with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
After the visits to Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, South Korea and China, the ships visited Port Klang, Malaysia. This was the battle group's last port call during its two-month-long deployment, which had started in May 2012. After this she returned to the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy and since has been docked there.
On 21-25 April 2014, INS Shivalik participated in the PLAN's 65th anniversary celebrations held in Qingdao, China. She sailed 4,500 miles from Port Blair to Qingdao without being assisted by any support vessel.
On 17-23 July 2014, she participated in INDRA 2014 a naval and army counter-terrorism exercise, with Russia in the Sea of Japan. INS Ranvijay and INS Shakti were also part of India fleet accompanying her. Russia was represented by the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov and Peresvet in addition to several auxiliary vessels. The exercise was hosted at Vladivostok, Russia.
On 12-19 September 2015, she participated in AUSINDEX 2015 at Visakhapatnam, the first bilateral maritime exercise between India and Australia. Royal Australian Navy deployed HMAS Sirius, HMAS Arunta, HMAS Sheean and an Australian Air Force P3C Orion. India provided INS Shivalik, INS Ranvijay, INS Shakti and an Indian Navy P8I maritime patrol aircraft.
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