INS Kozhikode decommissioned


  • Indian Naval Ship Kozhikode was decommissioned in a grand ceremony conducted at Naval Jetty in Visakhapatnam.
  • Vice Adm S N Ghormade, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command was the chief guest for the occasion.
  • INS Kozhikode was commissioned on 19 December 1988 at Riga (erstwhile USSR) and was the sixth and the last of the modified NATYA class of minesweeper.


  • INS Kozhikode was commissioned on December 19, 1988, at Riga (erstwhile USSR)
  • It was named after the historic port of Calicut, the ship was an integral part of the 21 Mine Counter Measures Squadron, based in ENC at Visakhapatnam
  • INS Kozhikode (M71) was a minesweeper of the Karwar class, of similar design to the Pondicherry-class ships that were in service with the Indian Navy till 2012.
  • It was built by the Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard at Saint Petersburg, Russia, except for the addition of surface-to-air missiles
  • Kozhikode was the sixth and the last of the modified ‘Natya’ class of minesweepers
  • The ship took part in the International Fleet Review 2016 that was held off the coast of Visakhapatnam
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