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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 21:10 IST

From LTTE raids to Tsunami relief, INS Guldar’s final salute to 38 years of naval valor

On December 30, 2023, the Kumbhir-class tank landing ship INS Guldar marked its 38th and final anniversary before its scheduled decommissioning in January 2024.

Yuvraj Tyagi
INS Guldar
Acquisition of INS Guldar. | Image:Andaman and Nicobar Command
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Andaman and Nicobar: The Andaman and Nicobar Command marked a poignant moment on December 30, 2023, as the Kumbhir-class tank landing ship INS Guldar celebrated its 38th and final anniversary before its scheduled decommissioning in January 2024. Commissioned in 1985 at the Gdańsk Shipyard in Poland, Guldar's service is not just a tale of naval history but a legacy of resilience and humanitarian commitment. 

From its early days patrolling the Bay of Bengal to its pivotal role in thwarting LTTE operations, Guldar has been a steadfast guardian of India’s maritime interests. Operation Leech in 1987 witnessed its gallant efforts in disrupting the LTTE’s sea routes, showcasing its strategic importance.

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The true mettle of Guldar shone through in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 tsunami. Responding with unwavering resolve, the ship served as a lifeline, delivering vital supplies and rescuing stranded survivors in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Its role during this crisis earned it a place in the hearts of many as a symbol of hope and resilience. 

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Amphibious warfare prowess and A&N Command 

Designated as an amphibious warfare ship, Guldar exemplifies versatility in naval operations. From transporting troops to supporting ground forces during amphibious assaults, its role has been pivotal in India’s maritime defense strategy. Established in 2001, the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) stands as India's sole tri-service theater command. Based in Port Blair, its creation aimed to safeguard India's strategic interests in Southeast Asia and the Strait of Malacca. ANC's logistical and administrative support to naval ships underscores its crucial role.

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Troops from the Indian Army during an amphibious assualt drill with the Indian Navy, 2016. | Credit- Indian Navy

Guldar's contributions extend beyond its duties; it played a key role in training future generations of naval personnel, solidifying its status as a cornerstone of the Indian Navy's amphibious warfare capabilities. As INS Guldar faces decommissioning, it leaves behind a void that will be challenging to fill. The memories of its dedicated service will continue to inspire future naval officers. INS Guldar's name is now etched in the annals of Indian naval history, a testament to its enduring contribution to safeguarding the nation's maritime frontiers. 

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 21:10 IST

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