Indian Navy: In the field of indigenous warship building, next week is a historic day at Mazagon Dockyard in Mumbai. On May 17, two indigenous warships will be launched at Mazagon Dockyard. During this, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh himself will be present there. According to the Indian Air Force, both these warships i.e. warships will be known as INS Surat (Yard 12707) and INS Udayagiri (Yard 12652). Both the warships have been designed by the Naval Design Directorate of the Navy.
INS Surat is the next generation stealth guided missile destroyer of Project 15B of the Indian Navy. INS Surat is the fourth frigate of Project 15B and a major makeover over Project 15A ie Kolkata-class destroyer warship. The first warship of Project 15B, INS Visakhapatnam had joined the Indian Navy last year i.e. 2021 while the remaining two, INS Marmugao and INS Imphal, are undergoing trials.
Surat A pioneer city of shipbuilding till the 18th century
INS Surat is named after Surat, the commercial-capital of Gujarat. Surat is considered to be the second largest commercial hub of western India after Mumbai. From the 16th century to the 18th century, Surat was considered a leading city in shipbuilding. The ships built here used to work in the sea for 100-100 years.
INS Udayagiri is the third frigate frigate of Project 17A of the Indian Navy
INS Udayagiri is the third frigate frigate of Project 17A of the Indian Navy. Under this project, a total of 07 frigates were to be built in the country. Of these, four were to be constructed at MDL, Mumbai and the remaining three at GRSE, Kolkata. One ship of this class, INS Nilgiri is under construction at MDL and the other, INS Himgiri at GRSE. According to the Navy, the warship being built under this project is a follow-on project of the Shivalik-class missile guide Fregate. But the features of this project have better stealth, advanced weapons and sensors than the Shivalik class.
Named after a mountain range of Andhra Pradesh
INS Udayagiri is named after a mountain range in Andhra Pradesh. A frigate of this name has been a part of the Indian Navy’s combat fleet between 1976-2007. According to the Navy, 75 percent of all warships of Project 15B and Project 17A have indigenous content and the equipment and systems are sourced from indigenous MSME companies, which shows self-reliance in the defense sector.