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Keel laid for the third stealth frigate of Project 17A

Vice Admiral S R Sarma – of the Indian Navy and V L Kantha Rao Additional Secretary (Defence Production) laid the keel of the third ship (Yard- 12653) of the prestigious P17A class stealth frigates on September 10th. The keel laying ceremony was conducted through an e-platform in the presence of Vice Admiral R B Pandit, Chief of Staff, HQ Western Naval command Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad (IN Retd.) – Chairman cum Managing Director Mazagon Docks Limited.   

Out of seven, four in Mazagon Docks Limited and three in Garden Reach Shipyard

Seven frigates under P17A series will be constructed of which four are being constructed in the state owned Mazagon Docks Limited and three in Garden Reach Shipyard  with Mazagon Docks as the lead yard. The P17A class frigates are being built using indigenously developed steel and fitted with weapons and sensors along with Integrated Platform Management System. These ships are having stealth features.

Construction of P17A ships differ in the very concept of warship building by way of adoption of the modern technology ‘Integrated Construction (IC)’ where the blocks are pre-outfitted before joining to reduce the build period of warships. When commissioned, the platforms will enhance the combat capability of the Indian Naval fleet. 

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