01 Nov 2021 “Project 15B Class Destroyer Visakhapatnam”
- On October 28, 2021, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) delivered the first ship of “Project 15B Class Destroyer Visakhapatnam” to the Indian Navy.
- The ship is likely to commission in November.
- It was constructed using indigenous steel.
- It is among the largest destroyers that are constructed in India.
- Its overall length is 164 meters and the displacement of around 7,500 tonnes.
Characteristics of the ship
- The ship is a potent platform which is capable of undertaking several tasks and missions, over the full spectrum of maritime warfare.
- It is equipped with Barak-8 long range surface-to-air missiles and supersonic surface-to-surface Brahmos missiles.
- It is fitted with indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons as well as sensors for undersea warfare capability.
- It comprises of heavyweight torpedo tube Launchers & rocket launchers as well as hull-mounted sonar Humsa NG.
- Ship has an endurance of 400 nautical miles.
Significance of the ship
- This ship is more versatile as compared to previous destroyers and frigates in the Naval inventory.
- It has all-round capability against enemy submarines, anti-ship missiles, surface warships and fighter aircraft which in turn will enable it to operate without a bevy of supporting vessels. It can accommodate a crew of 312 persons.
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL)
- MDL is a shipyard located in Mazagaon, Mumbai. It manufactures warships and submarines for Indian Navy.
- It is involved in manufacturing of offshore platforms & associated support vessels for the purpose of offshore oil drilling.
- It also constructs tankers, passenger ships & ferries and cargo bulk carriers.