Vice Chief Vice Admiral SN Ghormade laid the keels on Friday for the first warship of the Shallow Water Anti-Submarine Craft (ASW SWC) project.
The first warship in the Shallow Craft of Anti-Submarine Warfare program was virtually dropped on Friday (Photo: Twitter / @ indiannavy)
Vice-Chief of the Indian Navy, Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, practically put down the keels on Friday of the first warship of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Project Shallow Water Craft (ASW SWC) and of the third warship of the Project Survey Vessel. Large (SVL) for the Indian Navy.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) is developing the ships as part of a native shipbuilding project for the Indian Navy, which also includes the construction of eight ASW SWCs and four SVLs.
As part of a unique public-private partnership model, the vessels are partly built by GRSE at the Larsen and Toubro (L&T) shipyard in Kattupalli in Tamil Nadu.
The laying of the keel is an important step in the shipbuilding process which indicates the integration of many blocks towards the construction of a ship.
Speaking on this occasion, Vice-Admiral Ghormade congratulated GRSE and L&T for their efforts in achieving this step despite the constraints of Covid-19 and the resulting blockages.
Calling this a “remarkable” achievement of the shipyard, Ghormade stressed that the construction of these ships is a major boost for “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (Autonomous India) and India’s “Make in India” commitment, with the majority. weapons, sensors, and equipment being indigenous.
He added that the ASW Shall Water Craft equipped with advanced underwater sensors and weapons will increase the Navy’s ASW capability.
“SVL vessels are capable of conducting large scale coastal surveys, deep water hydrographic surveys and determining shipping channels / routes. They will also be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, ”said SN Ghormade.
Highlighting various challenges faced by the shipyard in executing this complex shipbuilding project, CMD-GRSE said that despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, production of the ships continued through the use innovative solutions.
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