India Post issued a special cover to commemorate commissioning of Brahmaputra Class Missile Frigate, INS Brahmaputra. This cover was jointly released by the then Defence Minister of India, Mr. George Fernandez and the Chief Post Master General, West Bengal Circle on board INS BRAHMAPUTRA on the day of her commissioning. Further, it bears the autograph of Captain Pradeep Chauhan, Commanding Officer of INS Brahmaputra at time of commissioning, which makes it more special for my collection.
Many thanks to Mr. Sekhar Chakrabarti, Kolkatta, former employee of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Ltd., for sending me this special cover.
INS Brahmaputra was built at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkatta. The design and construction of the ship is entirely Indian, and is a modification of the Godavari class of frigates.
The Brahmaputra is the second ship of the Indian Navy named for the River Brahmaputra. The first vessel of the name was a Type 41, Leopard class frigate that was commissioned in 1958. The symbol of the INS Brahmaputra is 'The Raging Rhino' (shown on cover), for the one-horned rhino native to the Brahamaputra valley.