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
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.
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.