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Decommissioning of INS Cheetah, Guldar, and Kumbhir

Why is it in the news?

  • INS Cheetah, Guldar, and Kumbhir were decommissioned after 40 years of service.

More about the news

  • These stalwart ships were part of the Polnocny class Landing Ships, built at Gdynia Shipyard, Poland.
  • They joined the Indian Navy in 1984 (Cheetah), 1985 (Guldar), and 1986 (Kumbhir).
  • Initially stationed in mainland India, they later established a permanent base in the Andaman and Nicobar Command.
  • These ships collectively covered a remarkable 17 lakh nautical miles during their service, spending over 12,300 days at sea.
  • Served as the backbone of amphibious operations, conducting over 1300 beaching operations to land troops and secure islands.
  • Played a crucial role in maritime security missions and humanitarian assistance efforts.
  • Participated in Operation Aman during IPKF operations in Sri Lanka and Operation Tasha, a joint venture with the Indian Coast Guard to combat smuggling and illegal immigration.
  • Provided critical relief after the 1997 cyclone in Sri Lanka and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Amphibious operations

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Amphibious operations involve attacks launched from the sea by naval and landing forces against hostile shores.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Primary approach is the amphibious assault, initiating land-based combat operations, seizing strategic bases, or denying the enemy use of specific areas.

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