IDF’s Unknown 1971 War Stories from NUCLEAR WARRING NTIONS
India’s Navy is celebrating another Navy Week—2018-as a year of drought. The Navy decommissioned four ships and commissioned none reducing its ORBAT but INS Arihant joined India’s TRIAD and Navy conducted twelve major International and Tri Services exercises with a high tempo.
Looking back in early 1971 the Indian Navy unknowingly struck gold when eight 240 ton Osa Class missile port defence boats arrived aboard Soviet heavy lift ships at Calcutta’s Kidderpore docks, before the 1971 war was even planned. Each boat carried 4 SS-N-2 Styx anti-ship radar guided missiles with 3 Russian 4000 hp M-503G diesel engines developed 35 knots at full power manned by crews in Vladivostok. The Rangout radar (NATO Square Tie) with directed power could detect surface targets at 40 miles beyond the Styx maximum missile range of around 30 miles. CPT’s 90 ton crane unloaded the boats at Kolkata for training ships INS Cauvery and INS Tir to tow the boats to Bombay. Continue reading