INS Khukri Vessel
INS Khukri Vessel
Decommissioned Khukri warship Handed over to U. T. Administration of DNH and Daman & Diu
- INS Khukri (P49), the first indigenously built missile corvette of Indian Navy, was handed over to the Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (DNHDD) Administration on 26 January 2022. In an elegantly conducted but solemn ceremony held at the INS Khukri Memorial, Diu, Rear Admiral Ajay Vinay Bhave, Flag Officer Doctrine and Concepts, handed over the decommissioned ship formally to Shri Praful Patel, Hon’ble Administrator of the Union Territory of DNHDD & Lakshadweep.
- Prior to handing over the ship, Shri Praful Patel was conducted around and briefed on the accomplishments and capabilities that she demonstrated while in service. The said vessel was decommissioned from Naval services on 23rd December 2021.
- On the occasion, Admiral Bhave expressed his deep appreciation to the Administrator for this initiative of kick-starting the home-coming journey for INS Khukri. He also dwelled on the sacrifice of Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla, MVC, and the brave men of the first INS Khukri to whose remembrance the grand Diu memorial remains dedicated.
- The said decommissioned Khukri (P49) naval ship landed at Jetty, opp. Diu Collectorate and planned to convert into a museum by the U.T. Administration, which is to be kept open for General Public and tourists to create awareness and inspiration to promote Naval services in memorial of Khukri warship. While, existing Khukri Memorial is co-located at a distance of 1.5km, where the scaled-down version of the first INS Khukri (F149), a Blackwood class anti-submarine frigate, is also placed.
- In the said Naval Ship there are various elements /equipment like guns/casings, turret, radar, furniture, engines etc kept intact with ship to evoke greater interest and curiosity among the tourists who will be visiting the ship at Marine Police Jetty, Diu.
- U.T. Administration has incurred expenditure of Rs. 2.50 crores for refitting & furnishing of Khukri vessel as museum for tourist movement to set National Integration and has moral space to serve this nation.
Standard Operating Procedure for Public/Tourists visiting Khukri Vessel, opp. Collectorate, Diu
1. Visitors are only permitted to enter the Khukri Vessel museum upon presentation of a validly obtained Entry ticket.
2. Visitors above 15 years of age have to pay Rs.100/- per person for single entry, while visitors below 15 years of age have to pay Rs.50/ for single entry.
3. Ex-servicemen are exempted from any ticketing charges.
4. Khukri Vessel is open for visit of public/tourists during 8:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. & 02:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. all days.
5. Visitors will not be allowed to enter in Khukri Vessel during rainy hours or bad weather condition.
6. Visitors are allowed in groups to visit Khukri Vessel.
7. Each group is allowed to visit Khukri Vessel maximum for 30 minutes.
8. Two groups (maximum 15 persons in each group) will be allowed to visit Khukri Vessel at a time.
9. Any person, if found taking inappropriate or dangerous pose on Khukri Vessel will be liable for legal action.
10. The visitor is also obliged to follow the directions and instructions given by officials on Khukri Vessel.
11. Visitors entering in Khukri Vessel have to follow all the safety protocols and are responsible for any incident or accident onboard.
12. Visitors have to strictly follow Covid guidelines on Khukri Vessel.
13. Visitors shall be prohibited from doing the following within the Khukri vessel museum.
- Posing a deliberate and prolonged obstruction to the movement of other visitors or to their view of the objects on display.
- Obstructing other visitors and/or employees of the Khukri vessel Museum but not limited to, by not keeping a sufficient distance from others, or by not observing other (hygiene and health) standards applicable to the visit to the museum.
- Visitors bringing with them pets or other animals are not permitted on Khukri Vessel.
- Bringing food and beverages into the enclosed spaces of the museum complex for consumption are not permitted on Khukri Vessel museum.
14. Parents or supervisors of children or Teachers shall at all times be responsible and accountable for the behavior of the children they have brought with them.
How to Reach :
Diu has an airport at Nagoa which is connected by a flight from Mumbai to Diu. The chopper service operate from Daman to Diu.
The nearest railway junction is Veraval, which is 90 km from Diu. Major cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Dwarka and Thiruvananthapuram are directly connected to Veraval Railway Station. Moreover, a meter gauge at Delwada is just 8 km far from Diu. Daily two trains connect Junagadh & Veraval to Delwada Railway Station.
Gujarat and Maharashtra are connected through many road links which connect to major National Highways of the Country. Vadodara: 595 Kms, Daman: 768 Kms, Ahmedabad: 370 Kms and Mumbai: 950 Kms. Gujarat State as well as private operator buses runs from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Bhavnagar etc. to Diu.