Second stealth-guided missile destroyer delivered to Indian Navy

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second ship of Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyer

The second ship of Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyer being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), was delivered to the Indian Navy on 24 November. 

Important facts

  • When commissioned, the ship will be christened INS Mormugao.

  • The contract for four ships of Project 15B was signed on January 28, 2011.

  • The project is a follow-up to the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers commissioned in the last decade and the lead ship of the project - INS Visakhapatnam has already been commissioned into the Indian Navy on November 21, 2021.

  • Designed by the Warship Design Bureau, Indian Navy’s in-house organisation and built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai, the four ships of the project are christened after cities from four corners of the country — Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat.

  • The foundation stone of Mormugao was laid in 2015 and the ship was launched on 17 September 2016.

About Second stealth-guided missile destroyer

  • The ship is 163 metres long and 17 metres wide, displaces 7400 tonnes when fully loaded and has a maximum speed of 30 knots.

  • The overall indigenous content of the project is around 75 per cent.

  • The class of destroyers armed with indigenous weapons includes-

  1. Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (BEL, Bangalore)

  2. BrahMos Surface-to-Surface Missiles (BrahMos Aerospace, New Delhi)

  3. Indigenous Torpedo Tube Launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai)

  4. Anti-Submarine Indigenous Rocket Launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai)

  5. 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (BHEL, Haridwar)

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