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NEW DELHI: INS Mormugao, a P15B stealth guided missile destroyer, is expected to be handed over to the Indian Navy by Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at the Mumbai Naval Shipyard on Sunday.

“The event marks the formal induction into the Navy of the second of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers, indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Warship Design Bureau, and manufactured by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai,” the Ministry of Defense said.

The warship measures 163 mv in length, 17 mv in breadth with a displacement of 7400 tons and can be considered as one of the most powerful warships built in India.

It is powered by four powerful gas turbines in a combined gas-to-gas (COGAG) configuration capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship has improved stealth features resulting in a reduced radar cross section (RCS).

The Ministry of Defense said that INS Mormugao is loaded with sophisticated state-of-the-art weapons and sensors such as surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and is equipped with a modern surveillance radar that provides target information to the ship’s artillery weapon systems.

The ship’s anti-submarine capabilities are provided by indigenously developed missile launchers, torpedo launchers and ASW helicopters. The ship is equipped to fight in the conditions of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare.

A unique feature of this ship is the high level of indigenization which is about 75% involved in the manufacturing, highlighting our national goal of ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’.

‚ÄúSome of the major indigenous equipment/systems on board the Mormugao include surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, torpedo tubes and launchers, anti-submarine missile launchers, Super Rapid Gun Mount in addition, Combat Management System, Integrated Platform Management System, Automatic Management power supply System, folding hangar doors, Helo Traversing system, Close-in weapon system and SONAR on the bow,” the ministry announced.

Major OEMs as well as small MSMEs like BEL, L&T, Godrej, Marine Electrical Brahmos, Technico, Kineco, Jeet & Jeet, Sushma Marine, Techno Process etc. have all contributed to making the mighty Mormugao.

With a clear emphasis on indigenization and self-reliance, 42 of the 44 ships and submarines under construction are being built in Indian shipyards, strengthening the drive for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. In addition, AoN has been awarded for 55 ships and submarines, all of which will be built in Indian shipyards.

Mormugao, named after the historic port city of Goa, coincidentally embarked on its maiden voyage on December 19, 2021, when Goa celebrated its 60th anniversary of liberation from Portuguese rule.

“Her deployment on Sunday, on the eve of Goa’s Liberation Day, will further enhance the mobility, reach and flexibility of the Indian Navy in fulfilling its role and missions in the Indian Ocean and beyond,” he added.

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