Kolkata, December 14
The first GRSE-built Project 17A stealth frigate 'Himgiri', which will add to the might of the Indian Navy, was launched on Monday, with Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat describing it as a historic moment.
The CDS said the new generation Project 17A ships with advanced stealth features, state-of-the-art weapons and sensor systems will be a major boost to Indian Navy's mobility to undertake a variety of challenging tasks.
"I am fully confident that Himgiri and other such ships of the project will conquer the seas and bring glory to our nation," he said at the launch of the ship.
He complimented the workforce at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Limited here for the launch of the first of the three Project 17A warships within schedule despite the COVID-19 pandemic situation, terming it as a singular achievement.
"It is a historic day for the Indian Navy and for the Armed Forces as we gradually move forward to strengthening our operational preparedness," he said.
Launched by Madhulika Rawat, 'Himgiri' touched the water of the river Hooghly and the frigate will now undergo extended trials before it is delivered to the Indian Navy.
The CDS said that the Navy's journey towards self- reliance began way back in the 1960s by setting up its own design organisation.
"The Directorate of Naval Design has designed over 19 classes of ships of which more than 90 ships have been built in the last 60 years," he said.
P17A ships are the most advanced guided missile frigates, each of which is 149 metres long, with displacement of approximately 6,670 tonnes and a speed of 28 knots, according to an official.
The contract of Rs 19,294 crore for construction of three highly advanced stealth frigates under Project 17A is the largest ever order won by the GRSE, he said.
The contract was signed between the Ministry of Defence and the GRSE on February 20, 2015 and the first ship is expected to be handed over to the Navy in 2023 and the next two ships in 2024 and 2025 respectively, the official said. PTI
Most Read In 24 Hours
Don't MissView All
Public has returned Rs 3.42 lakh crore or 96 per cent of the...
This comes amid a diplomatic row between India and Canada ov...
Doraiswami was on Friday stopped by a few radicals from ente...
Grenade used for attack on Punjab Police's Mohali headquarters was for Sidhu Moosewala; Khalistani terrorist Rinda had supplied it
Rinda died due to alleged drug overdose at a military hospit...
Protesters were holding their agitation against the Centre i...