New Delhi: The crest of the Indian Navy’s latest home-grown warship INS Imphal was unveiled today. The crest has the word “Imphal” embossed on it in Hindi, and the design shows the Kangla Palace on the left and the ‘Kangla-Sa’ on the right.
Kangla Palace is an important historical and archaeological site in Manipur, and was the traditional seat of the past kingdom. The ‘Kangla-Sa’, with a dragon’s head and a lion’s body, is a mythical being from Manipur’s history and is symbolic as the guardian of its people. The ‘Kangla-Sa’ is also the state emblem of Manipur.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh unveiled the crest in the presence of General Anil Chauhan, Chief of Defence Staff, and Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of Naval Staff, at a ceremony in Delhi today.
INS Imphal is the third of the four ‘Project 15B’ stealth guided missile destroyers being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL). It delivered this warship to the Indian Navy on October 20.