Rajnath Singh Launches two Indigenous Indian Navy Warships in Mumbai

DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Two frontline warships of the Indian Navy - Next-generation stealth-guided missile destroyers - were launched by the Union Defence Minister at Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL), Mumbai. The two warships were ‘INS Surat’ and ‘INS Udaygiri’.

These warships have been indigenously designed in-house by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built at MDL, Mumbai. It was designed and developed with a focus on achieving ‘Aatmanirbharat’ as approximately 75% of the orders for equipment and systems for the warships were given to indigenous firms including micro, small and medium enterprises. 

These 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.

These warships add strength to the Indian Navy to protect the Indo Pacific region as most of the international trade includes 2/3 rd of oil trade, 1/3rd bulk cargo, and more than half of container traffic, is done here.

INS Surat developed under Project 15B, is the fourth destroyer. It was named after the second-largest commercial hub of western India. INS Udaygiri developed under Project 17A Frigates, is the third ship. It was named after the mountain ranges in Andhra Pradesh. 

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • Two frontline warships of the Indian Navy were launched by the Union Defence Minister at Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL), Mumbai.
  • The two warships were ‘INS Surat’ and ‘INS Udaygiri’ - the next-generation stealth-guided missile destroyers.
  • These warships have been indigenously designed in-house by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built at MDL, Mumbai.
  • ‘INS Surat’ is the fourth Guided Missile Destroyer of the P15B class, while ‘INS Udaygiri’ is the second Stealth Frigate of P17A class.
  • These 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.

   Facts to know:

  • Indian Navy was established on 26th January 1950.
  • Navy Day: 4th December.
  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral R. Hari Kumar.
  • The motto of the Indian Navy: May the Lord of Water be auspicious unto us.
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