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INS Mormugao Commissioned into Indian Navy

Updated: December 20, 2022 2:23 pm

The much awaited second of the Project 15B stealth-guided missile destroyer, built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, INS Mormugao was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday. Interestingly, the ship has been commissioned a day before the Goa liberation celebrations.

Over the last ten years, the Indian Navy has commissioned three guided missile destroyers of the Kolkata-class, named as INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, and INS Chennai, under the project code-named 15A. These ships were a step ahead of their precursor Delhi-class of warships, namely INS Delhi, INS Mysore, and INS Mumbai. All these ships were built by  Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, one of India’s strategically important Defence PSUs.

The history of the Visakhapatnam-class destroyers dates back to January 2011, when the contract for four guided missile destroyers, more advanced than the Kolkata-class was signed. This was christened as Project-15B, and the lead ship- INS Visakhapatnam (Pennant D66) was commissioned into the Indian Navy in November 2021.

Remarking that the state-of-the-art warship INS Mormugao was a major example of the country’s indigenous defense production capability, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on December 18 expressed confidence about India being able to cater to not just local but global ship-building needs as well.

The warship, measuring 163 metres by 17 metres, is named after the historic port city of Mormugao in Goa. It can fight under nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions. Propelled by four powerful gas turbines, the warship is capable of achieving speeds of over 30 knots.

INS Mormugao and other ships of the class are operated by a crew of 350, including 50 officers and 250 sailors. Accommodation and working areas have superior ergonomics and habitability compared with its predecessor classes.

 On this occasion, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: “The commissioning of this warship is proof of excellence in India’s warship design and development. The INS Mormugao is one of India’s strongest warships and I have full confidence that it will facilitate remarkable growth in the country’s maritime capability. The ship will be among one of the world’s most technologically-advanced missile carriers and is a major example of our indigenous defence production capability. There is no doubt that in the near future, we will cater to India’s ship-building needs but that of the world’s as well.”  Against this backdrop, it is worth mentioning here that the country is en-route to attaining the objective of not only ‘Make in India’ but ‘Make for World’.

The INS Mormugao is said to be equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles besides modern surveillance radar which provides target data to weapon systems. Capable of achieving speeds of over 30 knots, the warship is said to be able to fight under nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions.

With power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region constantly changing, the ship’s all-domain capability will augment the Indian Navy’s mobility, reach and flexibility to accomplish any mission or task. Induction of the ship into the Navy also reflects India’s growing ability to remain First Responder and Preferred Security Partner in the region.

As of now, the Visakhapatnam-class is one of the most advanced ships in the Indian Navy, which can operate as an independent offence platform even without being part of a large formation. With its modern sensors and communication facilities, the Visakhapatnam-class is a key asset in modern network centric warfare.This significant force-multiplication will definitely push some shivers down the spines of Mother India’s sworn enemies, namely an Islamic Pakistan in the west and a Communist China in the east.

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