An indigenously built warship equipped with a range of high-tech missiles was launched on Saturday with Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.
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 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.The first ship of the Visakhapatnam class was launched on April 20, 2015.
The warship, Mormugao, will be the fifth frontline warship, including the indigenous aircraft carrier, being launched in last six years, in addition to the delivery of three frigates, three destroyers and two corvettes during the same period.
“With significant indigenous content, these ships are a true hall-mark of self-reliance attained by our country in warship design and ship building. The P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship manoeuvrability. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings which make these ships difficult to detect. P15B ships will be equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters,” said the official.SourceTOI
Watch the launch video below: