Indian Navy dedicated two warships Surat and Udayagiri

Tags: National Defence

The nation witnessed a historic event in the history of the indigenous warship building on May 17, 2022, when two frontline warships of the Indian Navy were commissioned.

  • These are the warships Surat, which is the destroyer of Project 15B and the other is Udayagiri, which is a frigate of Project 17A.

  • Both were launched simultaneously at Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh was the chief guest in both these programs.

  • The Project 15B class ships are the next generation stealth guided missile destroyers of the Indian Navy, commissioned by Mazagon Docks Ltd. Made in Mumbai.

Destroyer, Surat:

  • 'Surat' is the fourth ship of the Project 15B Destroyer class, which has been developed with several modifications to the P15A (Kolkata class).

  • It is named after Surat, the commercial capital of Gujarat and the second largest trading centre in western India after Mumbai.

Frigate, Udayagiri:

  • Udayagiri is named after a mountain range in Andhra Pradesh. This is the third frigate of Project 17A.

  • Complying with the P17 frigates (Shivalik class), they are equipped with modified stealth characteristics, advanced weapons, sensing equipment and platform management systems. 'Udayagiri' is an incarnation of the old 'Udayagiri', which was a Leander class ASW frigate.

Important Facts:

  • A total of seven ships are being built under the P17 programme, out of which four are being built at MDL and three at GRSE.

  • 15B and P17A, both ships were indigenously designed at the Directorate of Naval Design (DND).

  • During the construction activities at the shipyard, about 75 per cent of the orders for equipment and systems were received by indigenous companies, which included micro, small and medium enterprises.

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