Special Cover – Decommissioning 0f INS Godavari – India Post
Date Of Issue : 23.12.2015.
Cover no- MH/39/2015
Contributed by :- Mr Viswas Menon, Bangalore
Indian Naval Ship Godavari is a symbol of India’s Self Reliance in ship building, being the first major warship to be indigenously designed and constructed on 10th December 1983. This guided missile frigate has rendered 32 years of glorious service to the nation. She has shown the flag ‘far and wide’ having voyaged across the expanse of the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (> 7 lakh nautical miles) during her life time.
Godavari has brought laurels to the service during numerous operations such as Operation Cactus in 1988 by thwarting a coup in Maldives, Operation Jupiter in 1989 by insertion of I.M.S.F commandos in Sri Lanka, Operations Shied and Bolster in 1989 by de-induction of Indian Army from Somalia and Patrol of Gulf operations in 2009 and 2011 and countering anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
The ship’s motto “Alert, Aware, Fearless” truly epitomizes her illustrious career in the Western Fleet and the Indian Navy.
The special cover issued on the occasion of the Decommissioning event features an image of the INS Godavari in action firing a missile, the 32 years of service logo. The special pictorial cancellation is a line image of the INS Godavari Logo and its motto. The stamp is of Valor and Sacrifice 1965 war issued in 2015.