Pondicherry-class minesweeper

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INS Kozhikode
Class overview
Name: Pondicherry class
Operators:  Indian Navy
Succeeded by: Future Indian minehunter class
Subclasses: Karwar class
In commission: 1978–
Completed: 12
Active: 6
Retired: 6
General characteristics
Type: Minesweeper
Displacement: 877 long tons (891 t) full load
Length: 61 m (200 ft 2 in)
Beam: 10.2 m (33 ft 6 in)
Draft: 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 × M-503B diesels, 2 shafts, 5,000 bhp (3,700 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Range:
  • 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
  • 3,000 nmi (5,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 10 officers, 72 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Sonar:
  • MG-69/79 High frequency, hull mounted, active mine detection
  • Radar:
  • Don 2 I-band air/surface
  • 2 × Square Head - High Pole B IFF
  • MR-104 Drum Tilt H/I-band fire control
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Minesweeping:
  • AT-2 acoustic sweep
  • GKT-2 contact sweep
  • TEM-3 magnetic sweep
Armament:
  • 4 × 30 mm (2×2) guns
  • 4 × 25 mm (2×2) AA
  • 2 × RBU 1200 5-tubed ASW rocket
  • 10 mines
  • M67–M72 also have 2 × SA-N-5 SAM, 16 Grail missiles

The Pondicherry class are a class of minesweepers built for the Indian Navy by the Soviet Union. They are modified versions of the Natya-class minesweeper. The vessels were acquired in two batches. The first were purchased from 1978 to 1980 and the second from 1986 to 1988. Technically, the second batch is referred to as the Karwar class but are physically identical to the first batch with the exception of additional surface-to-air missiles. As minesweepers, they are large and heavily armed. They can serve a dual purpose as an anti-submarine warfare escort. Their hulls are constructed of U3 low magnetic signature steel.

M61–M66 were based at Mumbai formed the 19 Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMS) and were decommissioned by the March 2015.[1] M67–M72 are based at Visakhapatnam and form the 21 Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMS).[2]

INS Konkan suffered minor fire accident in Vizag dry dock on 4 December 2013. She was operational by January 2014.[3]

Ships[edit]

 Name   Pennant   Commissioned   Decommissioned   Status  Homeport
Flight I : Pondicherry class
Pondicherry M 61 2 February 1978 5 October 2007 Decommissioned Mumbai
Porbander M 62 19 December 1978 Decommissioned 2007
Bedi M 63 27 April 1979 22 September 2009[1]
Bhavnagar M 64 27 April 1979 26 December 2009[4]
Alleppey M 65 10 June 1980 13 March 2015[5]
Ratnagiri M 66 10 June 1980 22 May 2012[6]
Flight II : Karwar class[7][8]
Karwar M 67 14 July 1986 Active Visakhapatnam[7]
Cannanore M 68 17 December 1987
Cuddalore M 69 29 October 1987
Kakinada M 70 23 December 1986
Kozhikode M 71 19 December 1988
Konkan M 72 8 October 1988

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