INS Delhi (D61)

This article is about the guided-missile destroyer INS Delhi (D61), commissioned in 1997. For the cruiser in service between 1948 and 1978, see INS Delhi (1948).
INS Delhi (D61) departing Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, 20 June 2009.
Name: INS Delhi
Namesake: Delhi
Ordered: 20 March 1992
Builder: Mazagon Dock Limited,  India
Laid down: 12 December 1992
Launched: 20 March 1995
Commissioned: 15 November 1997
Identification: Pennant number: D61
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Delhi class destroyer
Displacement: 6,200 tons (full load)[1]
Length: 163 m (535 ft)
Beam: 17.4 m (57 ft)
Draught: 6.5 m (21 ft)
  • 2 × M36E gas turbine plants;
  • 2 shafts;
  • 4 × DT-59 reversible gas turbines;
  • 2 G-54 gearboxes;
  • 64,000 shp
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)+
Range: 5,000 mi (8,000 km)
Complement: 350 (incl 40 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 × MR-775 Fregat MAE air search radar
  • 1 × Bharat RAWL (Dutch Signaal LW08) surface search radar
  • 3 × MR-212/201 Vaygach-U (NATO: Palm Frond) navigation radars, JRC SATCOM
  • 1 × Bharat APSOH or HUMSA sonar
  • 1 × Garden Reach Model 15-750 variable depth sonar or 1 x Thales ATAS
Aircraft carried: 2 x Sea King helicopters

INS Delhi is the lead ship of her class of guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. She was built at the Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai and commissioned on 15 November 1997. This class is among the largest warships to be designed and built in India.[2]

Delhi is the second vessel of the Indian Navy to bear the name. She inherits the mantle from the Leander-class cruiser of the same name, previously HMS Achilles of Battle of the River Plate fame. She had an illustrious career in the Portuguese-Indian War of 1961, during the annexation of Goa, Daman and Diu when she provided naval gunfire support.


Task Force Europe 2009

During May–July 2009, INS Delhi led the Indian Navy task force on deployment to Europe. During this deployment, the task force participated in joint-exercises with the Royal Navy and the French Navy. Exercise Konkan-09 with the Royal Navy, was conducted off the coast of the United Kingdom.[3] Exercise Varuna 2009 with the French Navy was off the coast of France.[4]


  1. "Surface Ships". Indian Navy. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  2. Retrieved 12 November 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "KONKAN 2009". 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  4. "Varuna 2009". Retrieved 2010-12-07.
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