In­dian Navy on ship-buy­ing spree

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Apart from the 46 ships un­der con­struc­tion for the In­dian Navy, the ser­vice has ob­tained ac­cep­tance of ne­ces­sity for 49 more ships and sub­marines. Ac­cord­ing to Navy Chief Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma, these in­clude seven more fol­low-on ships of the Shiva­lik class (Project 17-A), which are to be built at both Mazagon Dock Ltd in Mum­bai and the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders and En­gi­neers Lim­ited (GRSE), Kolkata; the navy is work­ing to­wards con­tract con­clu­sion be­fore the end of March next year. Con­tracts for four wa­ter-jet FACs, to be built at GRSE, one more train­ing ship, to be built at a pri­vate ship­yard and two mine hunters to be built in South Korea are likely to be con­cluded dur­ing the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year as well. Six more mine hunters will be sub­se­quently built at Goa Ship­yard un­der ToT. Op­tions for the Deep Sub­mer­gence and Res­cue Ves­sel (DSRV) are presently un­der­go­ing tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion. Crit­i­cally, ap­proval for con­struc­tion of six sub­marines un­der Project-75(I) is at the fi­nal stages of ap­proval. Re­quests for Pro­pos­als in re­spect of four am­phibi­ous land­ing plat­form docks (LPDs), 16 shal­low wa­ter anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare ships — the or­der be­ing split be­tween two ship­yards — one sur­vey train­ing ves­sel and two div­ing sup­port ves­sels will also be is­sued in the com­ing months. The Navy Chief em­pha­sised that of the 46 ships and sub­marines presently on or­der, 43 are from In­dian ship­yards.

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