INS Gomati decommissioned after 34 years of service

May 28, 2022 Photo(s): By PRO (Navy)
INS Gomati with the decommissioning pennant at naval dockyard, Mumbai

Having served the nation and the Indian Navy with great distinction for 34 eventful years, INS Gomati was decommissioned at sunset at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on May 28, 2022, in an elegant, solemn and poignant ceremony. The ship was paid off under the command of Captain Sudip Malik.

INS Gomati derives her name from the vibrant river Gomti and was commissioned on April 16, 1988 by then Defence Minister, K.C. Pant, at Mazagon Dock Ltd, Bombay.

The third ship of the Godavari class guided-missile frigates, INS Gomati was also the oldest warrior of the Western Fleet when decommissioned.

During her service, she participated in Operations Cactus, Parakram and Rainbow, and several bilateral and multinational naval exercises. For her remarkable spirit and stellar contribution to national maritime security, she was twice awarded the coveted Unit Citation, once in 2007-08 and again in 2019-20.

After her decommissioning, the ship's legacy will be kept alive in an open air museum being set up on the picturesque banks of the eponymous river Gomti in Lucknow where several of her combat systems will be displayed as military and war relics.

Vice Adm Ajendra Bahadur Singh, FOC-in-C (West) inspects the guard of honour and is introduced to the ships's last crew
Captain Sudip Malik, Commanding Officer of INS Gomati addressing the gathering during the decommissioning ceremonhy
MoU signed between Indian Navy and Govt of Uttar Pradesh for shifting parts and equipment from INS Gomati to the banks of river Gomti at Lucknow for setting up an open air museum
A magazine on INS Gomati being released by Vice Adm Ajendra Bahadur Singh, FOC-in-C (West), Rear Adm Sameer Saxena, FOC Western Fleet and Captain Sudip Malik, CO INS Gomati
The naval ensign being handed over to the Captain of INS Gomati after sunset symbolising the decommissioning
Group photo of Vice Adm Ajendra Bahadur Singh, FOC-in-C (West) with the officers of INS Gomati
Group photo of Vice Adm Ajendra Bahadur Singh, FOC-in-C (West) with some of the erstwhile Commanding Officers of INS Gomati