India Lays Keel of 4th Survey Vessel & 3rd ASW Shallow Watercraft

Keel for the fourth ship of Large Survey Vessel and second and third ships of Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) Shallow Water Craft for the Indian Navy was ceremoniously laid on 17 June 2022 by SN Ghormade, Vice Chief of Naval Staff at L&T.

The Contract for construction of four Large Survey Vessels and eight Anti Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft for the Indian Navy was awarded to GRSE as part of indigenous shipbuilding programme in October 2018 and April 2022 respectively.

Keel Laying is a major milestone activity in the construction of ships, symbolising formal commencement of the erection process of the warships on the building berth.

Laying of Keel for three warships together on one day is a landmark event and this achievement signifies the enhanced indigenous production capability and capacity to ramp up the pace of warship construction in the country.

construction of these vessels is a major boost for Aatmanirbhar Bharat and India’s Make in India commitment with over 80% of equipment and systems being indigenous. The Chief Guest highlighted 39 out of 41 warships under order by Indian Navy today are being built indigenously.

He also appreciated the collaborative approach between GRSE and L&T and opined that this model of Public Private Partnership between GRSE and L&T will be the harbinger of more such successful collaborations between Indian Shipyards for warship construction in India.

Survey Vessel Large (SVL) ships are capable for full scale coastal survey, deep-water Hydrographic survey and determination of Navigational channels/ routes. In addition, these platforms collect Oceanographic and Geophysical data for Defence applications. State of art equipment such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), Single/ Multi Beam Echo Sounders and Data Acquisition and Processing System (DAPS) are fitted onboard SVL vessels to increase the ocean research capability.

VCNS during the event highlighted that the ASW SWC platforms will augment the Navy’s ASW capability and serve as a deterrent against submarine threats. Armed with torpedoes, rockets, state of the art Hull Mounted Sonar (HMS) and Low Frequency Variable Depth Sonar (LFVDS), the ASW SWC ships will significantly enhance Indian Navy ASW capability.

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