New Delhi, Keels of the first warship of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASWSWC) project and the third warship of Survey Vessel Large (SVL) project for the Indian Navy were laid virtually by Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) on August 6.
The ships are being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) as part of the indigenous shipbuilding programme for construction of eight ASWSWC and four SVL for the Indian Navy. The ships are partly being built under a unique Public Private Partnership (PPP) model by GRSE at L&T Shipyard, Kattupalli.
The Keel Laying is a major milestone activity in the shipbuilding process and indicates the amalgamation of various blocks towards construction of a ship.
Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh, CWP&A; Rear Admiral GK Harish, DGND (SSG); Rear Admiral VK Saxena (Retd), CMD/GRSE, and other senior officials of the Indian Navy and GRSE were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Vice Admiral Ghormade appreciated the efforts put in by GRSE and L&T in achieving this milestone despite COVID constraints and resultant lockdowns. He called it a noteworthy achievement by the Shipyard and commended the professionalism displayed by all.
The VCNS highlighted that construction of these vessels is a major boost for AtmaNirbhar Bharat and ‘Make in India’ commitment with most of the weapons, sensors and equipment being indigenous.
He added the ASW Shallow Water Craft equipped with state-of-the-art underwater sensors and weapons will boost the Navy’s ASW capability. The SVL ships capable of full-scale coastal survey, deep-water Hydrographic survey and determination of Navigational channels/ routes will also be fitted with state of art equipment.
Highlighting various challenges faced by the Shipyard in executing this complex shipbuilding project, CMD-GRSE stated that despite challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, production of the ships continued by utilisation of innovative solutions. He thanked the Indian Navy for their unstinted support and reiterated GRSE’s commitment to cater to the requirement of modern surface fleets.