INS Nishank and INS Akshay Decommissioned

June 3, 2022 Photo(s): By PRO (Navy)
Chief guest for the function, Admiral R. Hari Kumar, CNS acknowledges the ceremonial guard of honour upon arrival

Indian Navy Ships Nishank and Akshay were decommissioned on June 3, 2022 after rendering 32 years of glorious service to the nation. The decommissioning event was conducted at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai in a traditional ceremony wherein the national flag, the naval ensign and the decommissioning pennant of the two ships were lowered for the last time at sunset.

While INS Nishank was commissioned on September 12, 1989, INS Akshay was commissioned a year later on December 10, 1990 at Poti, Georgia. INS Nishank and INS Akshay were part of the 22 Missile Vessel Squadron and 23 Patrol Vessel Squadron respectively under the operational control of Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra Naval Area.

The ships were in active naval service for more than 32 years and during their illustrious journeys, participated in several naval operations including Op Talwar during the Kargil War and Op Parakram in 2001.

Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, was the Chief Guest for the function. Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command and Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command, were among the dignitaries present for the ceremony. Vice Admiral R.K. Pattnaik (Retd) and Vice Admiral S.P.S. Cheema (Retd), the first Commanding Officers of INS Akshay and INS Nishank, were Guests of Honour for the event.

Admiral R. Hari Kumar, CNS addresses the gathering with the commanding officers of INS Nishank and INS Akshay
The naval ensign and decommissioning pennant of the two ships being lowered for the last time at sunset and handed over for preservation
Group photo of ex-commanding officers of INS Nishank
Group photo of ex-commanding officers of INS Akshay
A miniature replica of INS Nishank being handed over by the last commanding officer Cdr Himanshu Kapil to the first commanding officer Vice Admiral S.P.S. Cheema (Retd) in the presence of Admiral R. Hari Kumar, CNS