India’s first indigenously designed and built warship INS Godavari was on 23 December 2015 decommissioned in Naval Dockyard Mumbai. It was commissioned into the Navy on 10 December 1983.
With her decommissioning, INS Godavari (F-20) completed its full life cycle, meeting all responsibilities and duties assigned, proving the success of Indian ship design and construction.
It was the lead ship of her class of three guided-missile frigates of the Indian Navy. The other two warships are INS Ganga and INS Gomati.
In 1988, in an operation called ‘Operation Cactus’, India successfully thwarted a coup d’état against Maldivian Government.
Godavari and Betwa intercepted and arrested the mercenaries, who tried to flee Male onboard the Merchant Vessel Progress Light.