Navy’s Most Advanced Destroyer Mormugao ready for launch

New Delhi: Indian Navy’s most advanced guided destroyer ‘Mormugao’, is ready to be launched in Mumbai on Saturday, news reports suggest.

On September 17, INS M0rmugao will set sail from Mazgaon dock in Mumbai for sea trial, which is likely to continue for close to two years before the 7300-tonne warship with Barak-8 long-range missiles is inducted into the Navy.

Indian Navy aims to take level of indigenisation to 68 percent in this project. This is the second ship of the Project 15B.

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.

During launching ceremony the hull of the ship which has been constructed on dry area is floated on water for the first time. It is a milestone event for any vessel.

The Mormugao spans 163 metres in length and is powered by 4 Ukrainian gas turbine engines to achieve speed in excess of 30 knots, approximately 56 km per hour.  The ship has been named after Goa’s picturesque main port.

With a complement of 50 officers and 250 sailors, the Project 15B destroyers are designed to operate 4,000 nautical miles at sea.

According to the Navy, “These ships are among the most technologically advanced guided missile destroyers in the world, with state-of-the-art weapons/sensors package, advanced stealth features and a high degree of automation.”

Mazgoan Shipyard is building these ships for Indian Navy. Mazagoan Shipyard is also constructing six Scorpene class submarines for the Indian Navy under a transfer of technology from DCNS of France. The first boat in this class, Kalvari, will be commissioned into the fleet soon. The launch of the second boat is slated later this year.

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