FIRST TWO NOPVS SHACHI AND SHRUTI LAUNCHED BY RDEL AT PIPAVAV, GUJARAT
Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has launched on July 25, the first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat. The ships are part of a five-ship project being constructed for the Indian Navy. The two NOPVs, Shachi and Shruti were launched by Smt. Preeti Luthra, wife of Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the FOC-in-C Western Naval Command at the RDEL Shipyard Pipavav, Gujarat. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, mentioned that the launch is a significant and milestone event as these two NOPVs are the first warships to be launched by a private sector shipyard in India.