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- INS Magar, the lead ship of Magar-class amphibious warfare vessels of the Indian Navy, was decommissioned after 36 years of service.
- The vessel, which is the oldest Landing Ship Tank(Large) of the navy rested her oars.
- INS Magar was commissioned on July 18, 1987 at Garden Reach Shipyard and Engineers Limited, Kolkata.
- The ship had the unique distinction of being the first indigenous ship of the Indian Navy with more than 5500 Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT).
- Over the last 36 years, the ship, which proved to be a doughty workhorse of the navy, has participated in numerous operations, amphibious exercises and humanitarian missions.
- They include milestone operations like Operation Pawan to support Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and the Op Samudra Setu, wherein more than 4000 Indian nationals were repatriated from various corners of the world, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The ship was also instrumental in evacuation of over 1300 survivors post Tsunami in 2004 and had been part of several joint military exercises with the Indian Army.
- In 2018, the ship was converted into a Training ship and joined the First Training Squadron at Kochi under the Southern Naval Command.
Q) Which of the following statements with reference to INS Magar is/are incorrect?
1. The ship had the unique distinction of being the first indigenous ship of the Indian Navy.
2. It is the oldest Landing Ship Tank (Large) of the navy.
Correct Answer: 4