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Day at sea: AIADMK MLAs, ministers take ride on warship

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

As they test the waters on the political front, ministers and ruling MLAs today had a smooth sailing as they undertook a trip on-board warship INS

The Day at Sea organised by the Navy follows the formal dedication of the indigenously designed guided missile destroyer INS to the city by Chief Minister K Palaniswami yesterday.

Though Palaniswami did not take part in the trip, several senior MLAs and ministers did so. is witnessing a flurry of political developments amid possible of two rival factions of the ruling

Minister for and Fisheries, D Jayakumar, Minister for Cooperation 'Sellur' K Raju, Social Welfare Minister V Saroja, Minister for Health C Vijayabhasker, Minister for Handloom and Textiles, O S Manian, Minister R V Udhaya Kumar were among those who participated.

"This is our first trip on a ship. Already I have travelled with fishermen. I have never gone on such a trip with Parliamentarians, MLAs along with their family members. All my family members, including grandsons and granddaughters joined me for this trip", Handloom Minister Manian said.

Minister D Jayakumar said "This is a dedicated ship exclusively built in India. It is equipped with all the modern technology. Going on a trip on a warship is big thing for us".

Named after the city, INS is commanded by captain C R Praveen Nair and has 45 officers.

Commissioned by then Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar last year, INS is one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India.

The vessel's anti-submarine warfare capabilities include indigenously developed rocket and torpedo launchers. Besides, it is equipped to fight under nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions.

A unique feature of the ship is the "high level of indigenisation" incorporated in the production.

Some major indigenised equipment on-board INS include combat management system, rocket launcher, torpedo tube launcher, automated power management system and the bow mounted SONAR.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 15:28 IST