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MUMBAI: The Indian Navy on Saturday canceled INS Gomati, a Godavari-class guided-missile frigate, after 34 years of service, an official said.
The ship, which was deployed in Operation Cactus, Parakram and Rainbow, was canceled at sunset at the Naval Dockyard here, he said.
The Gumti was designed by the Indian Navy and built on an Indian shipyard, and was an early step towards a self-reliant India, said Ajendra Bahadur Singh, flag officer-in-command of the Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral.
The education learned during shipbuilding of this class has helped the Navy to build modern ships today, he added.
Gumti’s legacy will be kept alive in an open-air museum (from which the frigate got its name) on the banks of the Gumti River in Lucknow, where several of its war systems will be displayed as military and war wreckage, Singh said.
It will inspire young people in the north to join the navy, he added.
The Uttar Pradesh government and the Indian Navy have also signed a memorandum of understanding for this purpose, Singh added.
INS Gomti will be commissioned in a new incarnation in the Indian Navy, he said.
Incumbent INS Gomti commissioned the then Defense Minister KC Pant at Mazgaon Dock on April 16, 1988.
The ship was awarded the coveted unit site twice in 2007-08 and once in 2019-20.
The first incarnation of INS Gomti was canceled in 1979.

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