- The indigenous warship is equipped with a range of high-tech missiles
- The vessel 'Mormugao' has been built by Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders
- The Visakhapatnam-Class ship is being built under Project 15B
Christened 'Mormugao', the vessel has been built by government-run Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) and belongs to Visakhapatnam class of ships being constructed under Project 15B.
Admiral 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 for the first time. The vessel will undergo certain testings required by Indian Navy and would be subsequently 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 a displacement of 7,300 tonne with maximum speed of over 30 knots. The warship is equipped with surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles and anti-submarine rocket launchers. It is also capable of carrying two anti-submarine warfare helicopters.
Mormugao hits the water for the very first time pic.twitter.com/hUKaOacvdA— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 17, 2016
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."
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
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