New Delhi, October 16: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday commissioned the indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan at the Eastern Naval Command. Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik class, Kolkata class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt joined Navy’s fleet.Also Read - Dearness Allowance Hike to 31 Per Cent For Central Govt Employees Effective From This Date

It is India’s first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs. Also Read - RBI Imposes Rs 1 Crore Penalty On Paytm Payments Bank | Here's Why

INS Kiltan is one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India. The ship’s keel of was laid on August 10, 2010 and launched on March 26, 2013. Her maiden sea trials commenced on 06 May 2017 and finally was handed over to the Indian Navy by GRSE on 14 October 2017. Also Read - RBI Slaps Rs 1 Crore Penalty on State of India Over Non-Compliance

Nirmala Sitharaman unveils the plaque at the Commissioning Ceremony of the INS Kiltan at the Vizag Naval Dock Yard.

Nirmala Sitharaman unveils the plaque at the Commissioning Ceremony of the INS Kiltan at the Vizag Naval Dock Yard.

Nirmala Sitharaman commissions the INS Kiltan at the Vizag Naval Dock Yard

Nirmala Sitharaman commissions the INS Kiltan at the Vizag Naval Dock Yard

Parents of Commander Naushad Ali Khan Commanding Officer of INS Kiltan at Commissioning Ceremony.

Parents of Commander Naushad Ali Khan Commanding Officer of INS Kiltan at Commissioning Ceremony.

Weapons and Sensors have been installed/ interfaced on this composite superstructure for the first time on a major warship. Composite superstructure fitted on INS Kiltan ushers the usage of advanced engineering materials on Indian Naval warships with significant improvement in weight and stability parameters.