Visakhapatnam: Indian Navy’s first destroyer INS Rajput decommissioned
Indian Navy’s first destroyer INS Rajput was decommissioned at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam yesterday after serving the nation for 41 glorious years.
The ship was decommissioned in a solemn and low key event due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic when the National Flag, Naval Ensign, and the Decommissioning Pennant were lowered at sunset time.
In recognition of the yeoman service rendered to the nation by the ship, a Special Postal Cover was released on the occasion.
INS Rajput was commissioned in May 1980, at Poti, Georgia, as the lead ship of the Rajput Class Destroyers of the Indian Navy.
During her service, the ship had the distinction of being part of both the Western and Eastern Fleets.