Achieving another significant milestone in the Indigenous Warship design and construction, India on September 17 launched their Guided Missile Destroyer, Mormugao, which is the second ship of Project 15B built by Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL).
The launch took place in Mumbai at 11:58 AM with full fanfare and ceremony. The warship was launched by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba and his wife.
The launch weight of Mormugao was 2844 tonnes and the vessel was launched in water after the traditional maritime ceremony was performed.
Following the tradition ,Mrs. Reena Lanba, wife of Navy Chief Admiral Lanba, broke a coconut on the ship’s bow while invocation from the Atharva Veda was rendered.
Mormugao, which is Project 15B ship feature cutting edge technology and is comparable to the best ships of similar class anywhere in the world.
These ships are designed indigenously by the Directorate of Naval Design, New Delhi and spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at the beam. It displaces 7300 tonnes and is propelled by four gas turbines which can achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.