The second ship of the Project 15B, a guided missile destroyer christened ‘Mormugao’ for Indian Navy, was launched in Mumbai on Saturday. During launching ceremony the hull of the ship which is constructed on dry area is floated on water for the first time. It is a milestone event for any vessel.
Mazgaon Dockyard priest Shri Puranik performed the mandatory pooja and blessed the ship. The launch ceremony was attended by Admiral S Lanba CNS and Mrs Reena Lanba along with other dignitaries. Mrs Reena Lanba christened Mormugao.
In 2011, the government had sanctioned four 15B ships at the cost of Rs 29,700 crores. The first ship of the project, guided-missile destroyer ‘Visakhapatnam’, was launched on April 20 last year.
“The last six years can be called the golden years of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders. Since 2010, the yard has delivered one major warship platform to Indian Navy almost every year. Commencing with the high-end stealth frigate INS Shivalik, delivered in 2010, the yard dedicated to the nation INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri in the same class. This was followed by the highly acclaimed stealth destroyer INS Kolkata sporting a unique silhouette afforded by MF STAR antenna and INS Kochi in subsequent years. The third and last destroyer in this series, Chennai was delivered to the Navy in August 2016 and will be commissioned shortly,” it said.