Golden ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tion of naval de­sign and con­struc­tion


An in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar ‘Fu­ture trends and Op­por­tu­ni­ties in War­ship De­sign and Con­struc­tion’ was held at DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi, to com­mem­o­rate the Golden Ju­bilee of In­dige­nous War­ship De­sign and Con­struc­tion. Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, was the chief guest. The event was hon­oured by the pres­ence of De­fence Sec­re­tary R.K. Mathur and other se­nior of­fi­cers.

The Chief of the Naval Staff said that in recog­ni­tion of the need for de­vel­op­ment of in­dige­nous ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the Corps of Naval Con­struc­tors had been formed in 1954, fol­lowed by set­ting up of a Cen­tral De­sign Of­fice (CDO) in 1964. In 1970, this Cen­tral De­sign Of­fice emerged as the Direc­torate of Naval De­sign (DND) and it formed the bedrock of all war­ship de­sign ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try. In the last five decades, In­dia’s grow­ing mar­itime self-re­liance has fa­cil­i­tated the greater recog­ni­tion of the role that In­dia plays in pro­vid­ing sta­bil­ity in the In­dian Ocean re­gion.

He also said that the DND has been a cor­ner­stone for the con­struc­tion of 119 war­ships and sub­marines of var­i­ous types and sizes in our ship­yards as of date. Dur­ing the ad­dress the Ad­mi­ral said that this jour­ney of 50 years is a mile­stone in the self-re­liance pro­gramme of the In­dian Navy and stressed that in­di­geni­sa­tion of plat­forms, weapons, sen­sors and equip­ment, through par­tic­i­pa­tion of pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors will con­tinue to re­main a fo­cus area. The re­cently com­mis­sioned war­ships INS Kolkata, INS Kamorta (in Au­gust 2014) and INS Sumitra (in Septem­ber 2014) aptly demon­strate the im­mense po­ten­tial of the coun­try in in­dige­nous war­ship de­sign and build­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. He em­pha­sised that “road map for the Navy’s ex­pan­sion and growth would con­tinue to re­main firmly an­chored on self-re­liance and in­di­geni­sa­tion”.

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