The crest of Yard 12706 (Imphal), the third amongst the four Project 15B stealth-guided missile destroyers, was unveiled by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on November 28, 2023.
About INS Imphal:
It is the third in the Visakhapatnam-class stealth-guided missile destroyers.
It is among the largest destroyers constructed in India, with an overall length of 164 metres and a displacement of over 7500 tonnes.
Speed: Over 30 knots (approximately 55 kmph).
The ship is a potent platform capable of undertaking a variety of tasks and missions, spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare.
The ship boasts a high indigenous content of approximately 75%, which includes Medium Range Surface-to-Air missiles, BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles, Indigenous Torpedo Tube Launchers, Anti-Submarine Indigenous Rocket Launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai) 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (BHEL, Haridwar).
The crest design depicts the Kangla Palace on the left and ‘Kangla-Sa’ on the right.
The Kangla Palace is an important historical and archaeological site in Manipur and was the traditional seat of the past kingdom.
With a dragon’s head and lion’s body, the ‘Kangla-Sa’ is a mythical being from Manipur history and is symbolic as the guardian/protector of its people. ‘Kangla-Sa’ is also the state emblem of Manipur.
It is the first capital warship to be named after a city in the northeast, Imphal, the capital of Manipur.