Mumbai, September 17, 2016
Navy launches warship Mormugao
India's guided missile destroyer Mormugao, the second ship of Project 15B, ws launched at Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) here today.
The launch is seen as a significant milestone in the annals of the country's indigenous warship design and construction programme.
With a launch weight of 2844 tonnes, the vessel made its first contact with water at 11:58 am with full fanfare during the launching ceremony graced at which Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, was the chief guest.
In keeping with maritime traditions, his wife Reena Lanba, President, Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA), broke a coconut on the ship’s bow and launched the ship, as invocation from the Atharva Veda was being rendered.
Admiral Lanba said the event was yet another moment of truth for the Indian Navy and India's quest for self-reliance and indigenisation.
"The Indian Navy stands fully committed to the call of ‘Make in India’ and we are extremely proud of the fact that all of our warships and submarines on order today are being constructed within the country," he said.
He said the event was also an affirmation of the government's resolve that the Indian Navy should attain a size and capability that is commensurate with the country's growing stature in the world, its national maritime interests, and its commitment to cooperation and collaboration towards ensuring secure seas for shaping a favourable and positive maritime environment.
The Admiral also commended the partnership of MDL, Indian Navy, DRDO, OFB, BEL, other public sector enterprises and the private industry in ensuring that force levels are made available to meet India’s national strategic objectives. He also congratulated DGND and his team at Directorate of Naval Design for designing state-of-the-art warships and contributing towards achieving Indian Navy’s dream of transforming from a “Buyers” to a “Builders” Navy.
An official press rlease said Project 15B ships feature cutting edge advanced technology and are comparable to the best ships of similar class anywhere in the world. These ships have been designed indigenously by the Directorate of Naval Design, New Delhi. Each ship spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7300 tonnes. They will be propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.
The P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship manoeuvrability. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings which make these ships difficult to detect. P 15B ships will be equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters, the release said.
These ships are packed with an array of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including vertically launched missile system, for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets.
"With significant indigenous content, these ships are a true hall-mark of self reliance attained by our country in warship design and ship building," the release said.
The P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship maneuverability. These ships will be equipped to carry and operate two multi-role helicopters. State of art rail less helo traversing system is being introduced on these ships for efficient helicopter handling onboard.
The release said the ships could be classified as possessing a Network of Networks, as they are equipped with Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Ship Data Network (SDN), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Combat Management System (CMS).
While control and monitoring of machinery and auxiliaries is achieved through the IPMS, power management is done using the APMS. The CMS performs threat evaluation and resource allocation based on the tactical picture compiled and ammunition available onboard. The SDN is the information highway on which data from all the sensors and weapons ride.
Stealth has been a major thrust area in P15B design. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings which make these ships difficult to detect. The ship embodies features such as Multiple Fire Zones, Total Atmospheric Control System (TACS) for Air Conditioning, Battle Damage Control Systems (BDCS), Distributional Power Systems and Emergency DA to enhance survivability and reliability in emergent scenarios.
These ships have been designed for a complement of 50 officers and 250 sailors. The accommodation and working spaces have been designed with special emphasis on ergonomics and habitability.
The ship’s “fire power” consists of sophisticated weapons-sensor suite including vertically launched Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) and Surface-to-Surface Missiles (SSM) for long distance engagement of shore and sea based targets. It is also noteworthy that this ship has significantly high indigenous content, in the form of weapons, machinery and material.
P15B Yard 12705, christened Mormugao, will be the fifth frontline warship, including the indigenous aircraft carrier, launched in the last six years, in addition to the delivery of three frigates, three destroyers and two corvettes during the same period.