An indigenously manufactured warship furnished with a scope of innovative rockets was propelled today with Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba saying the stealth destroyer can be compared with the best vessels on the planet.
Christened ‘Mormugao’, the vessel has been worked by government-run Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) and has a place with Visakhapatnam class of boats being built under Project 15B.
Chief of naval operations Lanba’s wife Reena launched the bedecked ship at a function at MDL here at 11.58 AM and it was released into the Arabian Sea interestingly. The vessel will experience certain testings required by Indian Navy and would be consequently known as INS Mormugao.
Four more such destroyers would be built and delivered by MDL during 2020-2024, the PSU said in a statement. The first ship of the Visakhapatnam class was launched on April 20, 2015.
Mormugao has displacement of 7,300 ton with most extreme rate of more than 30 knots. The warship is furnished with surface-to-surface rockets, surface-to-air rockets and hostile to submarine rocket launchers. It is additionally equipped for conveying two hostile to submarine fighting helicopters.
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.
Admiral Lanba said since 1960 Indian Navy and MDL are building ships together. MDL is the only dock in the country that has capability to build submarines