INS Vindhyagiri, the Indian Navy frigate that capsized after a collision with a merchant ship in January will not sail anymore.
A high committee of Navy experts studied the ship’s condition. Their report states that the warship was “beyond economic repair”. Vice Admiral DK Joshi from the Western Naval Command said, “The report suggested that it was not economical to refurbish and refit the ship. It will be decommissioned.”
Sources said refurbishing and refitting the ship would cost the Navy almost twice as much as a new frigate. A new Shivalik-class frigate would cost around $650 million.
INS Vindhyagiri was commissioned in 1981 and sailed for 30 years. It was to be decommissioned in 2013, once the indigenously built Shivalik class stealth frigates were inducted, said sources. “If a warship has to be refurbished and refit, it should be used for at least 10 years. INS Vindhyagiri had completed its life span and was due to be decommissioned. We, therefore, decided it be removed from service now,” said a navy officer who requested anonymity.