The second ship of the Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyer, Y12705 (Mormugao), is being built by the city’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and was delivered to the Indian Navy on Thursday.
The contract for the four ships of Project 15B was signed on 28 January 2011. This project is part of Project 15A and is a continuation of the Kolkata-class destroyers that have been commissioned over the past decade. The project’s lead vessel, INS Visakhapatnam, was commissioned last November.
“Designed by the Warship Design Bureau, an in-house organization of the Indian Navy, and built by MDL, the four ships in the project are named after major cities across India: Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat,” the Ministry of Defense said. The Ministry of Defense said in a press release.
Mormugao’s keel was laid in June 2015 and launched on 17 September 2016. The design retained the hull form, propulsion system, much of the platform equipment, main weapons and sensors from the Kolkata class to take advantage of series production. .
The ship is 163 m long, 17 m wide, has a displacement of 7,400 tons when fully loaded, and has a maximum speed of 30 knots. In addition to the myriad of native equipment in the ‘Float’ and ‘Move’ categories, destroyers are also equipped with the main indigenous weapons mentioned below. The total indigenous content of the project is about 75%.
Mormugao has medium-range surface-to-air missiles made by Bangalore’s BEL. BrahMos surface-to-surface missile designed and built by BrahMos Aerospace, New Delhi; Unique torpedo tubes and anti-submarine rocket launchers built by Larsen and Toubro in Mumbai; BHEL, Haridwar’s 76mm super-velocity gun mount.
The ship sailed for her maiden sortie on 19 December 2021, just in time for her Orphan Liberation Day, and the ship has now been delivered.
“The delivery of Mormugao confirms that the Government of India and the Indian Navy have given impetus to ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ as part of the celebration of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Despite the COVID-19 challenges, the destroyer’s early introduction, nearly three months before the contract date, is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of many stakeholders and will enhance the country’s maritime capabilities in the Indian Ocean region. ,” said an Indian Navy spokesman.