INS Ranjit (D53)

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INS Ranjit (D53)
Name: INS Ranjit
Builder: 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant
Commissioned: 24 November 1983
Decommissioned: 6 May 2019
Homeport: Visakhapatnam
Status: Decommissioned
Seal of INS Ranjit
General characteristics
Class and type: Rajput-class destroyer
  • 3,950 tons standard,
  • 4,974 tons full load
Length: 147 m (482 ft)
Beam: 15.8 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[1]
  • 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
Aircraft carried: 1 x HAL Chetak helicopter

INS Ranjit is the third of the five Rajput-class destroyers built for the Indian Navy. Ranjit was commissioned on 24 November 1983 and remained in service till 6 May 2019.[2]

Construction and service[edit]

Ranjit was laid down by Indian request under the Soviet name Lovkiy at the 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant in Nikolayev, Ukraine on 29 June 1977 with the serial number 2203. She had previously been planned to be named Porazhayushchy on 16 May of that year, and was built as a Project 61MZ large anti-submarine ship (NATO reporting name Kashin-class destroyer). The destroyer was launched on 16 June 1979 and added to the list of ships of the Soviet Navy on 30 October 1981. Commissioned into the Black Sea Fleet for temporary duty on 7 July 1983, she was transferred to the Indian Navy and renamed Ranjit on 24 November.[3] It was decommissioned at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam on 6 May 2019 after serving for 36 years.[4]



  1. ^ Friedman, Norman (2006). The Naval Institute guide to world naval weapon systems (5th ed.). Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute. p. 243. ISBN 1557502625.
  2. ^ "INS Ranjit Sails into Sunset Culminating 36 years of Glorious Era". PIB. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  3. ^ Berezhnoy 1995, p. 13.
  4. ^ "INS Ranjit Decommissioned". ZEE News. ZEE News. Retrieved 6 May 2019.


  • Berezhnoy, S.S. (January 1995). "Советский ВМФ 1945-1995: крейсера, большие противолодочные корабли, эсминцы" [Soviet Navy, 1945–1995: Cruisers, large anti-submarine ships, and destroyers]. Морская коллекция [Morskaya kollektsiya] (in Russian) (1). OCLC 831205953.

External links[edit]

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