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Time to Make-for-World, Says Rajnath as Indian Navy Launches Indigenous Warships in Mumbai

A glimpse of INS Surat. (ANI)

A glimpse of INS Surat. (ANI)

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Surat is a Project 15B dest­royer and INS Udaygiri is a Project 17A frigate.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday expressed India’s grit towards indigenous shipbuilding as he presided over the launch of the Indian Navy destroyer warship INS Surat and frigate INS Udaygiri in Mumbai. “We will aim for not just Make-In-India but also for Make-for-World,” Singh said.

Singh said, “After the successful launch of INS ‘Udaygiri & INS ‘Surat’, there’s no doubt we’ll do shipbuilding not only for India but also for the world. We will aim for not just Make-In-India but also for Make-for-World.

The two capital warships of the Indian Navy, designed at the Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built entirely at MDL, was launched simultaneously at Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL).

The ship ‘Surat’ is the fourth and last of the stealth destroyers under the ‘Project 15B’ programme.

The second ship, ‘Udaygiri’ is part of the ‘Project 17A’ frigate programme.

The launch refers to a ship entering water for the first time.

“The nation will witness a landmark event in the history of indigenous warship building when two frontline warships of Indian Navy will be launched concurrently at Mazgaon Docks Limited in Mumbai on May 17,” said an Indian Navy official last week.

The Project 15B class of ships are the next generation stealth guided missile destroyers of the Indian Navy being built at the Mazgaon Docks Ltd in Mumbai. ‘Surat’ is the fourth ship of Project 15B destroyers which heralds a significant makeover of the P15A (Kolkata Class) destroyers, the official said.

The ship Surat has been built using the block construction methodology which involved hull construction at two different geographical locations and has been joined together at MDL, the official said.

The first ship of this class was commissioned in 2021. The second and third ships have been launched and are at different stages of trials. The ship ‘Udaygiri’ is named after a mountain range in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

It is the third ship of Project 17A frigates. These are follow on of the P17 Frigates (Shivalik Class) with improved stealth features, advanced weapons and sensors and platform management systems.

Both 15B and P17A ships have been designed in-house by the Directorate of Naval Design.

(With PTI inputs)

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first published:May 17, 2022, 11:33 IST