The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Bhupendra Patel, unveiled the crest of the Indian Navy’s latest guided missile destroyer, ‘Surat,’ at a ceremony in the city of Surat. Adm R Hari Kumar, the Chief of the Naval Staff, and other dignitaries from the State Government and the Indian Navy were present at the vibrant event.
The crest of ‘Surat’ showcases the iconic Hazira lighthouse at the southern entrance of the Gulf of Khambhat. Constructed in 1836, this lighthouse holds historical significance as one of India’s first. The crest also features the Asiatic lion, Gujarat’s state animal, symbolizing the ship’s majesty and strength. ‘Surat,’ equipped with cutting-edge naval warfare technology, stands as a powerful symbol of the navy’s commitment to maritime security and national defense, depicted by the wavy sea on the crest.
Named after the maritime-rich city of Surat, the destroyer embodies the enterprising and self-reliant spirit of its namesake. As the fourth ship of Project 15B (Vishakhapatnam Class) destroyers, ‘Surat’ represents a significant leap in naval technology and capabilities. Its construction, using innovative block construction methodology, highlights India’s growing refinement in shipbuilding prowess.
Project 15B, following the success of Project 15A (Kolkata Class), showcases India’s steady growth in naval prowess and dedication to indigenous cutting-edge maritime technology. ‘Surat,’ slated to join active service next year, will serve as a formidable guardian of the nation’s maritime frontiers and uphold its strategic interests in the region.
The unveiling ceremony witnessed the presence of VAdm Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Command, RAdm Anil Jaggi, Flag Officer Commanding Gujarat Naval Area, along with senior officers of the Indian Navy and luminaries from Surat’s political and commercial fields.