The first indigenously built floating dock is now ready for the Indian Navy
 
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The first indigenously built floating dock is now ready for the Indian Navy

Sumit Kumar Verma
 

June 20 marked a glorious moment for the Indian Navy (IN) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) as the first indigenously built floating dock, FDN-2, was launched at Kattupalli, the company’s greenfield shipyard. The event marks a significant milestone for L&T shipbuilding arm in design, construction and project management of defence vessels as FDN-2 is the first indigenous, and the only second, floating dock for the navy. The first was delivered in 1987 and is now placed in Port Blair.

With Port Blair under the Andaman & Nicobar Command and a regular halt for naval ships coming for repair and maintenance, and FDN-1 being the only floating dock available, getting a second floating dock became a vital requirement. Thus, the ministry of defence (MoD) assigned L&T in May 2015 to design and build the FDN-2 for an order value of Rs 468 crore.

Commenting on the launch, S. N. Subrahmanyan, Managing Director (designate) and President, L&T said, “While winning our first mandate from the Indian navy was satisfying, I am particularly delighted that we have also been able to execute and deliver the FDN-2 well within schedule.”

Indian Navy’s FDN-2
Indian Navy’s FDN-2

 
 
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