De­fence Min­is­ter reviews sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion at MDL


De­fence Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley ac­com­pa­nied by Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, vis­ited Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai, on Au­gust 27 and re­viewed the progress of the Project 75 (in­dige­nous sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion project) as well as the other on­go­ing war­ship­build­ing projects in­clud­ing P-15 B class stealth de­stroy­ers. The visit of De­fence Min­is­ter within three months of tak­ing over am­ply demon­strates the im­por­tance be­ing ac­corded by the Gov­ern­ment to the in­dige­nous con­struc­tion of sub­marines and war­ships.

Dur­ing his visit the De­fence Min­is­ter in­au­gu­rated the Maz­dock Mod­erni­sa­tion Project (MMP), which would sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance the war­ship and sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion ca­pa­bil­ity of the ship­yard. Haskon­ing Ned­er­land B.V. (HNBV), world renowned con­sul­tants in the field of marine con­struc­tion, were ap­pointed as con­sul­tant for this project. The ma­jor com­po­nents cre­ated un­der MMP in­clude a new Wet basin with level luff­ing cranes, 300-tonne Go­liath Crane, Mod­ule Work­shop, Stores Build­ing, Ship­yard trans­porter and Cra­dle & Assem­bly shop at a cost of ` 800 crore ap­prox­i­mately.

It may be re­called that Project 75 sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion project is a very im­por­tant project for the coun­try and In­dian Navy. Six sta­teof-the-art sub­marines fit­ted with lat­est equip­ment are be­ing built at MDL, Mumbai un­der col­lab­o­ra­tion with DCNS France, giv­ing a mas­sive boost to the in­dige­nous sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion ca­pa­bil­ity of the coun­try. With all the im­ped­i­ments and ma­te­rial hur­dles re­solved, the con­struc­tion of the sub­marines is pro­gress­ing on sched­ule to meet the planned de­liv­ery sched­ule of Septem­ber 2016.

Presently, first three sub­marines of the project are in out­fit­ting phase, and the sys­tems of the first sub­ma­rine are be­ing ‘Set to Work’. The Project is be­ing re­viewed at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals at all lev­els at Naval Head­quar­ters and Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) to gear up for the launch of the first sub­ma­rine in Septem­ber 2015. Prepa­ra­tions to in­duct th­ese sub­marines are in progress and the se­lected crew has com­menced train­ing. The sub­marines will be ini­tially based at Mumbai and shifted to op­er­a­tional base at Kar­war after com­ple­tion of tri­als. Nec­es­sary im­pe­tus is also be­ing given by the gov­ern­ment to cre­ate as­so­ci­ated shore support fa­cil­i­ties as per the long-term in­fra­struc­ture per­spec­tive plan (LTIPP).

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