Mumbai, Sep 17: In view of adding one more to its fleet and boosting its defence artillery, Indian Navy launched its latest guided missile destroyer named ‘Mormugao’, off Mumbai’s Mazgaon Docks on Saturday. Mormugao is an indigenously built warship that is equipped with a range of high-tech missiles. Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba launched the latest destroyer saying that the stealth destroyer can be compared with the best vessels in the world.Also Read - SpiceJet Announces 16 New Flights From August. Check Full Schedule, Timings and Other Details
Mormugao, named after the Mormugao port of Goa, was built by the Mazgaon Shipyard which is also constructing six Scorpene class submarines for the Indian Navy. It is scheduled to be inducted into the Navy two years later. Being, the second ship of Project 15B, Mormugao will be one of the most advanced warships of the Indian Navy. According to IANS, after Visakhapatnam and Mormugao, the next in the queue is ‘Paradip’ that is expected to be named after a coastal city of Gujarat. Also Read - Bucket List These Lesser-Known Road Trip Destinations to Explore With Your Squad This Friendship Day
The Mormugao is the second of a class of Project 15-B destroyers. It is slated to be the most advanced destroyers built in India. Mormugao was built by the Mazgaon Shipyard which also plans to outsource work for 10 blocks to include private ship building yard in the programme. Under Project15B, with a displacement of 7300 tons, each ship spans 163 m in length & 17.4 m at the beam. (ALSO READ: Warship ‘Mormugao’ to be launched on Saturday: All you need to know about Indian Navy’s ‘guided missile destroyer’) Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Flights to Maldives, Malaysia From India From THIS Date | Full Schedule, Ticket Prices
The destroyer, Mormugao is armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which can hit targets at land and at sea 300 km away. Also, as per reports, the key sensor of the Mormugao is its Israeli-designed Multi-Function Surveillance Threat Alert Radar (MF-STAR). This design aims to track targets in the air hundreds of kilometres away.(ALSO READ: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar hands over torpedo “Varunastra” to Indian Navy)
As per reports by PTI, the government had sanctioned four 15B ships at the cost of Rs 29,700 crores in the year 2011. The first ship under the project was ‘Visakhapatnam’ that was launched on April 20 last year. In one year, the Indian Navy has inducted five ships into its fleet, including three warships. Vice Admiral G S Pabby told was quoted by PTI saying that their target is to have 212 ships in its fleet by 2027. Pabby also stated this was the first time the naval forces have built so many ships of a class, 10 ships of 15, A and B class – and the process has helped in indigenization.
“These ships are among the most technologically advanced guided missile destroyers in the world, with state-of-the-art weapons/sensors package, advanced stealth features and a high degree of automation”, according the Indian Navy. As per reports, Mazagon Dock in 2015-16 achieved a value of production (VOP) above Rs 4,000 crore with an operating profit of Rs 218 crore which happened for the first time in its history.
Talking on Scorpene Leak, Navy chief Sunil Lanba said that there is a high level committee which is inquiring into the leak and said that based on this inquiry, India will see what needs to be done, whether any mitigation measures are required or not. “Similarly in France, DCNS & French Govt have launched an enquiry. Based on this inquiry,will see what needs to be done”, he added. Lanba also emphasized on the point that in preliminary investigation, it has been found that leak did not happen in India but in DCNS office in France.