Indigenously built India’s second guided missile destroyer ‘Mormugao’ launched

csh8lxpwgaaqytvAn 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.

Admiral Lanba’s wife Reena launched the bedecked ship at a function at MDL here at 11.58am 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.
Adm S Lanba CNS & Mrs Reena Lanba at the launch ceremony along with other dignitaries

Adm S Lanba CNS & Mrs Reena Lanba at the launch ceremony along with other dignitaries

Mormugao has a displacement of 7,300 tonne with maximum speed of over 30 knots.. A defence official said these ships are packed with an array of state of the art weapons and sensors, including vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets.It is also capable of carrying two anti-submarine warfare helicopters.

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:

 

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