Mormugao, Indian Navy’s guided missile destroyer, was launched in Mumbai on Saturday. Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba’s wife Reena launched the bedecked ship at a function at Mazagaon Docks at noon.
The vessel was built by the Mazgaon Shipyard. The warship is the second ship of Project 15B and will be one of the most advanced warships of the force. The vessel has been named after the Mormugao port of Goa, also the home state of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Regarding the project, GS Pabby said that this was the first time the naval forces have built so many ships of a class – 10 ships of 15, A and B class – and the process has helped in indigenisation.
Here are five facts about Mormugao:
1) Mormugao is equipped with surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles and anti-submarine rocket launchers, said the Indian Navy.
2) The warship can carry two anti-submarine warfare helicopters, the force said.
3) The vessel is equipped with multi-mission radar for surveillance along with medium range air/surface surveillance radar and other advanced electronic warfare and decoys.
4) The vessel has a maximum displacement capacity of 7330 Tons.
5) Mormugao has the maximum speed of 31-32 knots.
According to reports, the Indian Navy plans to indigenise the project up to 68 per cent. The Navy has also planned to launch the first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) in 2018, and said that the government was “seriously considering” IAC 2, which is in its planning stage.