Second ship of Project 15b Stealth Guided Missile Destroyers delivered to Navy


“Y 12705 (Mormugao), the second ship of the Project 15B Stealth Missile Destroyers under construction at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) was delivered to the Indian Navy on November 24,” the ministry said in a statement. communicated.

The second ship of the Project 15B stealth missile destroyers, being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, was delivered to the Navy on Thursday, the Defense Ministry said.

The contract for four Project 15B vessels was signed on January 28, 2011.

“Y 12705 (Mormugao), the second ship of the Project 15B Stealth Missile Destroyers under construction at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) was delivered to the Indian Navy on November 24,” the ministry said in a statement. communicated.

This project follows the Kolkata-class destroyers (Project 15A) commissioned over the past decade, and the lead ship of the project – INS Visakhapatnam – has already been commissioned into the Indian Navy on November 21, 2021, did he declare.

Designed by the Warship Design Bureau, the in-house organization of the Indian Navy, the four ships in the project are named after major cities across the country, namely Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat.

Mormugao’s keel was laid in June 2015 and the ship was launched on September 17, 2016.

The design largely retained the hull form, propulsion machinery, extensive deck equipment and major Kolkata-class weapons and sensors to benefit from mass production, he added.

The ship is 163 meters long and 17 meters wide, displaces 7,400 tonnes fully loaded and has a maximum speed of 30 knots, he said.

Besides a myriad of native equipment in the “Floating” and “Moving” categories, the destroyer is also equipped with major native weapons mentioned below, he said.

The overall indigenous content of the project is nearly 75% — Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (BEL, Bangalore); BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles (BrahMos Aerospace, New Delhi); Indigenous torpedo tube launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai); Indigenous anti-submarine rocket launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai); and a super fast 76mm gun mount (BHEL, Haridwar), he said.

The vessel had left for its first sea voyage on December 19, 2021, to coincide with Goa Liberation Day and the vessel has now been delivered, according to the statement.

The delivery of Mormugao is an affirmation of the impetus given by the Indian government and Indian navy to ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ as part of the celebration of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, he said.

The early induction of the destroyer, nearly three months ahead of the contract date despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of a large number of stakeholders and would enhance the country’s maritime prowess in the Indian Ocean Region, he said.


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