In a boost to the country’s maritime capabilities, INS Mormugao under Project 15B, has officially joined the Indian Navy’s fleet, marking a significant milestone for an indigenous military expedition.A
What is Project 15B?
Project 15 was launched in the 1990s to add guided missile destroyers to the inventory of the Indian Navy.
The project was named ‘Delhi class’.
It was followed by Project 15A or Kolkata class which primarily focused on advanced technology and equipment in surface ships.
Project 15B or the Visakhapatnam class is a follow-on class of weapon-intensive Project 15A destroyers.
The project was launched in January 2011.
P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, seakeeping, and maneuverability.
The lead ship of Project 15B, INS Visakhapatnam, was the first of the class to be commissioned.
Besides INS Mormugao, the other two destroyers are expected to be commissioned between 2023 and 2025.
About INS Mormugao (‘Yard 12705’):
Built by: Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL)
Dimensions: 163 m long and 17.4 m wide
Displacement: 7,400 tonnes when fully loaded
Crew Strength: It can be operated by a crew of 350
Total atmospheric control system (TACS): Offers protection to the crew from chemical, biological, and nuclear threats.
Enhanced stealth features: Ensure a reduced Radar Cross Section or radar signature.
Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS): It is used to control and monitor machinery and auxiliaries.
What is the strategic importance?
Countering China: It will bolster India’s maritime capabilities in the Indian Ocean region to counter the threat from China.
Prepare the nation to deal with any situation arising due to the changing global scenario.
It will help in ensuring rule-based freedom of navigation and security of sea lanes.
This advanced stealth warship provides a strategic advantage to India.
It is built with over 75% indigenous content
P15B destroyers are a hallmark of self-reliance in warship design and building and a shining example of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’
The commissioning of INS Mormugao is a shot in the arm for India’s self-reliance efforts.
It is also crucial for the 15-year Indian Naval Indigenization Plan (INIP) 2015-2030 implemented in 2014 for the indigenous development of its resources, and equipment and to make the nation self-reliant in defense technology.