INS Gomati: Oldest Western Fleet Decommissioned after 34 year

The Indian Navy decommissioned the INS Gomati after 34 years of service. On April 16, 1988, the battleship was commissioned. The ship is the third of the Godavari class guided-missile frigates and the Western Fleet’s oldest warrior.

INS Gomati has defended India’s maritime boundaries for the previous 34 years, and it was decommissioned at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on Saturday at sunset.

INS Gomati was named after the River Gomati and was commissioned at Mazagon Dock Limited in Bombay by former Union defence minister KC Pant. It participated in a number of missions, including Operation Cactus, Parakram, and Indradhanush, as well as a number of bilateral and multilateral naval exercises.

INS Gomati was given the coveted Unit Citation twice, once in 2007-08 and again in 2019-20, in appreciation of its outstanding commitment to national maritime security.

He told a story regarding the boat, saying, “The Russian team never used a language other than their home tongue during the whole system integration process. In reality, they would pretend to not speak English or Hindi, thus in heated moments, the Indian crew would use Hindi and English swear words against the Russians. On the parting day, however, the Russian crew chief delivered his “thank you note” address in English, leaving the whole Indian crew speechless. The ceremony finished on a positive tone.” Following deactivation, numerous significant components of the INS Gomati would be put along the Gomti river in Lucknow as a monument for an Indian Navy frigate.

The Indian Navy said in a statement. “After deactivation, an open-air museum is being constructed upon the banks of the Gomti in Lucknow to preserve the ship’s heritage alive, with various components of the ship displayed as battle artefacts.”