Mumbai: Two indigenous frontline warships of the Indian Navy – ‘Surat’ and ‘Udaygiri’ – were launched by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh at Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) today.
‘Surat’ is the fourth Guided Missile Destroyer of P15B class, while ‘Udaygiri’ is the second Stealth Frigate of P17A class, official release said.
Both warships have been designed in-house by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built at MDL, Mumbai.
Raksha Mantri, in his address, described the warships as an embodiment of the Government’s unwavering commitment to enhance the country’s maritime capability, with focus on achieving ‘Aatmanirbharta’, at a time when the world is witnessing disruption in global supply chain due to COVID-19 and Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Rajnath Singh congratulated the MDL for continued ship production activities despite the pandemic and meeting the strategic requirements of the Indian Navy in the current geo-political scenario.
Raksha Mantri stated that the two warships will add might to the Indian Navy’s arsenal and represent to the world India’s strategic strength as well as the power of self-reliance.
“INS Udaygiri and INS Surat are the shining examples of India’s growing indigenous capability. The warships will be among the most technologically advanced missile carriers in the world, that will cater to the present as well as future requirements., ” he further said.
“In the times to come, we will not only fulfil our own needs, but will also meet the shipbuilding requirements of the world. We will soon realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India, Make for the World’,” he added.