The vessel was commissioned a day before Goa’s Liberation Day. By the way, last year the ship set sail on its first trips on December 19, marking 60 years of liberation from Portuguese rule. INS Mormugao is named after the Mormugao seaport in Goa.
Ships of the P15B class of the Indian Navy
The Indian Navy’s Project 15 B vessels are among the most technologically advanced guided missile destroyers in the world. The agreement to build a warship under the P15B was signed in 2011. So far, INS Vishakhapatnam and INS Mormugao have been commissioned under this. INS Imphal was launched in April 2019 and is in an advanced stage of fitting out, while INS Surat, the fourth ship, was launched in May 2022.
Reports say that the deployment of these four warships will be completed by 2024.
Features of P15B warships
According to a government release, the unique feature of INS Mormugao is the high level of indigenization, which is about 75% involved in production. The statement said: Some of the major indigenous equipment/system on board Mormugao include surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, torpedo tubes and launchers, anti-submarine launchers, Super Rapid Gun Mount in addition, Combat Management System, Integrated Platform Management System, Automated Power Management System, Retractable Hangar Doors, Helo Traversing System, Proximity Weapon System and Bow SONAR.
Major Original Equipment Manufacturers (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, says the declare PIB.
The P15B-class ships are armed with “Brahmos” supersonic surface-to-surface missiles and long-range “Barak-8” surface-to-air missiles. The destroyers are equipped with indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors, notably the Humsa NG hull-mounted sonar, heavy torpedo tube launchers and ASW rocket launchers.
Ships under this project can carry and operate two multi-role helicopters.