Work begins on Navy's new anti-submarine warfare, survey ships
Construction of these ships is a major boost for Aatmanirbhar Bharat and India's 'Make in India' commitment with most of the weapons, sensors and equipment being indigenous.
Keels of the first warship of the anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft project and the third warship of survey vessel large project for the Indian Navy were laid virtually on Friday.
The keel laying is a major milestone activity in the shipbuilding process and indicates the amalgamation of various blocks towards the construction of a ship.
The ships are being built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers as part of the indigenous shipbuilding programme for the construction of eight ASW SWC and four SVL for the Navy.
The ships are partly being built under a unique public-private partnership model by the GRSE at the L&T Shipyard in Kattupalli in Tamil Nadu.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, the vice chief of naval staff, highlighted that construction of these vessels is a major boost for Aatmanirbhar Bharat and India's 'Make in India' commitment with most of the weapons, sensors and equipment being indigenous.
He added that the shallow water craft equipped with state-of-the-art underwater sensors and weapons will boost the Navy's anti-submarine warfare capability. The survey vessels would be capable of a full-scale coastal survey, deep-water hydrographic survey and determination of navigational channels and routes.