INS Mormugao: Six years after getting into water, navy’s newest destroyer to hitch the fleet


Named after the historic port metropolis of Goa, Indian Navy’s newest and strongest destroyer, INS Mormugao, might be commissioned into the fleet by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, within the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, on Sunday.

The multi-role warship undertook her first sea sortie a yr in the past, on December 19, 2021, the day Goa celebrated 60 years of liberation from Portuguese rule.

“Her commissioning now on December 18 on the eve of the Goa Liberation Day will additional increase the Indian Navy’s mobility, attain and suppleness in direction of accomplishment of its position and duties within the Indian Ocean and past,” the mentioned in a launch on Friday.

INS Mormugao is the second of 4 Visakhapatnam-class destroyers being constructed beneath Venture 15B. They’ve been indigenously designed by the Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL), Mumbai.

Though the navy urgently wants capital warships reminiscent of these, they’re being constructed so slowly that they barely enable for the alternative of vessels which can be retiring on completion of their 30-year service lives.

INS Mormugao was launched into the water in September 2016 when it was already a 2,844-tonne hull. It has taken one other six years to finish that into a completely constructed, 7,400-tonne destroyer.

Whereas the commissions barely 1-2 capital warships a yr, China’s navy commissions 6-9 such vessels.

INS Mormugao is propelled by 4 highly effective gasoline generators, organized in a “mixed gasoline and gasoline” (COGAG) configuration, which can be able to reaching speeds in extra of 30 knots (55 kilometres per hour).

The destroyer’s gasoline generators have been equipped by Ukrainian engine maker, Zorya Mashproekt and are normal fitment in India’s bigger warships. Nevertheless, provides of Ukrainian generators at the moment are endangered by India’s refusal to criticise Russia for its invasion of that nation.

INS Mormugao is technically a “guided missile destroyer.” In line with the defence ministry, “INS Mormugao is full of subtle state-of-the-art weapons and sensors reminiscent of surface-to-surface missiles and surface-to-air missiles. The ship is fitted with a contemporary surveillance radar that gives goal information to the gunnery weapon methods of the ship.”

The ship additionally has enhanced stealth options leading to a decreased Radar Cross Part (RCS). That makes it tough to detect at longer ranges.

The ship’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities are supplied by indigenously developed rocket launchers, torpedo launchers and ASW helicopters, such because the just lately inducted MH-60R Seahawk. The ship is provided to struggle beneath Nuclear, Organic and Chemical (NBC) warfare situations.

The says a novel characteristic of this ship is the indigenisation degree of roughly 75 per cent. Resulting from this concentrate on self-reliance, 42 of the 44 Indian warships and submarines beneath development are being inbuilt Indian shipyards.

As well as, in-principle sanction has been accorded for one more 55 ships and submarines, of which all be constructed in Indian shipyards.

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