The first avatar, Indian Naval Ship Ranjit was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 4 July 1949. The ship served the Royal Navy as HMS Raider prior being commissioned into the Indian Navy. The formal sanction for the acquisition of three ‘R’ Class destroyers was obtained in July 1949. The ship was acquired and Commissioned as HMIS Ranjit on 04 July 1949 at Chatham and became part of the 11th Destroyer Squadron of the Royal Indian Navy. Commander GS Kapoor was the commissioning Commanding Officer of the ship. The ship participated in 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak Wars. She also participated in the Review of the Fleet at Bombay by his Imperial Majesty the Shah of Iran on 06 March 1956. After 26 years of service, the ship was decommissioned on 30 September 1975.
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