Stealth guided missile destroyer Mormugao commissioned into Indian Navy

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Stealth guided missile destroyer Mormugao commissioned into Indian Navy

India commissioned its latest stealth guided missile destroyer, Mormugao, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on December 18.

Important facts

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, CDS Gen Anil Chauhan, Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and other dignitaries were present on this occasion.

  • Against the backdrop of concerns over China's growing efforts, India is focusing on enhancing its maritime capability with a focus on the Indian Ocean.

  • With a focus on indigenization and self-reliance, 42 of the 44 ships and submarines under construction are being built at Indian shipyards.

About INS Mormugao

  • It is the second warship under the navy’s Project-15B under which two more warships will be delivered by 2025.

  • The first P-15B warship, Visakhapatnam, was commissioned in Mumbai in November last year.

  • It is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy's Warship Design Bureau and constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd.

  • The ship measuring 163 metres in length and 17 metres in breadth with a displacement of 7,400 tonnes can be regarded as one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India. 

  • 70% of the components used in the construction of INS Mormugao are indigenous.

  • The ship is propelled by four powerful gas turbines and it is capable of achieving speeds over 30 knots.

  • The ship is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions and equipped with a modern surveillance radar.

What is Project 15B?

  • The contract for the four ships of Project 15B, known as the Visakhapatnam class ships, was signed on 28 January 2011.

  • The project is a follow-on to the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers commissioned in the previous decade.

  • Four Ships are to be developed under Project 15B -

  1. Visakhapatnam

  2. Mormugao

  3. Imphal

  4. Surat

  • These four ships have been named after major cities from the four corners of the country. Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat.

  • These are designed by Directorate of Naval Design, Indian Navy’s in-house design organisation and built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai.

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