The first indigenously built Floating Dock (FDN-2) for the Indian Navy was
launched on June 20 at an impressive ceremony at Larsen & Toubro Ltd
(L&T) Shipyard at Kattupalli near Chennai. The Floating Dock was launched by Ms Anjali
Deshpande, wife of Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, Controller of Warship Production
After formal welcome by Vice Admiral B Kannan (Retd), Head of Ship
Building, L&T the ceremony commenced with an address by the Chief Guest,
Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, Controller of Warship Production &
Acquisition. Thereafter, in accordance
with the traditions, Ms. Anjali Deshpande applied ‘Kumkum’ on the Floating
Dock. She wished the dock good luck and
launched the vessel.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, commended L&T for
their efforts in the design and construction of FDN-2. He brought out that launching of the
indigenously built Floating Dock, bears testimony to the capabilities available
in India for realizing the “Make in India” vision. He extended warm felicitations to the entire
team of the L&T for the achievement.
Floating Dock is an indigenously designed and built platform with state of
the art machinery & control systems capable of docking warships of up to
8000 Tons displacement. It has high
capacity Ballast Pumps, along with advanced automated Ballast Control System. The dock covers provided with the FDN-2
facilitate repair & refit activities in inclement weather conditions.
The launch of Floating Dock (FDN-2), Yard 55000, designed in-house and
built by L&T Shipyard, Kattupalli is a milestone in India’s quest for
self-reliance in shipbuilding.