INS Magar Decommissioned After 36 Years of Service
INS Magar, the oldest Landing Ship Tank (Large), was decommissioned by the Indian Navy after 36 years of service on May 06 at the Naval base in Kochi. The decommissioning ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, as well as Air Marshal B Manikantan, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command. Commander Hemant Salunkhe commanded the ship during its service. The event included the release of the ship’s timeline and a special postage cover.
INS Magar Decommissioned After 36 Years of Service: Key Points
- The Navy announced that a “Barakhana” was held by INS Magar to honor former Commanding Officers, Officers, and onboard veterans before the decommissioning ceremony.
- The ship was launched on November 16, 1984, by Meera Tahiliani and commissioned by late Admiral R H Tahiliani on July 18, 1987, at Garden Reach Shipyard and Engineers Limited, Kolkata.
- The Navy further shared that during its service, INS Magar was part of various amphibious exercises, humanitarian missions, and operations such as Samudra Setu during the COVID-19 pandemic, wherein over 4,000 Indian nationals were repatriated.
- Moreover, the vessel played a significant role in the evacuation of more than 1,300 survivors after the Tsunami in 2004, and had also conducted joint military exercises with the Indian Army.
In 2018, it was transformed into a training ship and joined the First Training Squadron at Kochi. To lead up to decommissioning, various outreach events were organized, such as a blood donation camp in collaboration with the Indian Medical Association, a cycle expedition from Kochi to Trivandrum, and a bike expedition from Pune to Kochi to improve jointmanship and synergy with 91 Infantry Brigade and its affiliated Army Unit, the Bombay Sappers.
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