Anti-submarine vessel INS Ajay to be decommissioned after 32 years of service
INS Ajay, a Western Naval Command anti-submarine warfare corvette, will be decommissioned on September 19 after 32 years of service.
Commissioned in the freezing temperatures of the former Soviet Union’s Poti shipyard, which is currently in Georgia, the ship will be taken out of service during the Mumbai monsoons, a naval press release said.
Decommissioning is considered a formal but very emotional ceremony for a ship, its crew and the navy in general. During the decommissioning ceremony, the ship’s national flag, naval ensign and decommissioning pennant will be lowered for the last time, at sunset, signifying the end of the ship’s commissioned service.
While in service, INS Ajay operated as part of the 23rd Patrol Vessel Squadron under the operational control of the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Area Maharashtra. The ship’s primary role was in anti-submarine warfare and with her formidable armament of long-range torpedoes and anti-submarine rockets, the submarine hunter successfully performed her sustaining role coastal safety.
In an illustrious career spanning more than three decades, the ship has been deployed many times, including for Operation Talwar during the Kargil War in 1999, Operation Parakram in 2001 and the post-Uri attack in 2017.