Mormugao: Missile destroyer launched

Mumbai: Indian Navy’s most advanced guided missile destroyer launched into the sea on 17 September at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

An indigenously built second ship under Project 15B with a displacement of 7,300 tonnes spans 163 m in length and 17.4 m at the beam. It is powered by four Ukrainian gas turbine engines and can travel at a speed of 30-32 knots. Indian Navy aims to take the level of indigenisation to 68 percent in this project.

Next two years ship will undergo sea trials and is expected to be inducted into the Indian Navy by 2018.

The warship is equipped with surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles and anti-submarine rocket launchers.

In 2011, the government had sanctioned four 15B ships at the cost of Rs 29,700 crores. Last year on April 20, INS Visakhapatnam was launched and is expected to be commissioned by July 2018.

Next in queue is ‘Paradip’ followed by ‘Porbandar’. Once Mormugao is inducted, it provides a major boost for Navy to become a true blue water force.

This ship is designed to operate in sea at a range of 4000 nautical miles and with a complement of 50 officers and 250 sailors.

Addressing the function before the launch, Admiral Lanba said, “This ship serves the Make in India drive of the country as it is indigenously built.”

“It secures the sea in a better way. Contract for this ship was signed on January 2011. It can be compared with best ships in the world and has been developed by our own designers at DRDO as well as other government agencies and private companies,” he said.

There is a pressing need to build more such ships and reduce the construction period of future vessels, the Navy chief said.

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