The warships were decommissioned at a solemn ceremony at the Naval Dockyard yesterday, a Defence spokesperson said today.
The ceremony involved traditional lowering of the ensign and commissioning pendants with playing of 'Last Post'.
Cdr V R Naphade, (Retd) and Commodore S Mampully, (Retd), the commissioning Commanding Officers of Nirbhik and Nirghat respectively were the guests of honour.
The ships, belonging to the Killer squadron, are inheritors of a proud legacy as their original avatars were flag bearers of the naval offencive action on Karachi harbour during the India-Pakistan war in 1971.
The warships, in their new avatar, were commissioned at Poti, in the erstwhile USSR on December 21, 1987 and December 15, 1989 respectively.
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