Fifth Stealth Frigate of P17A Launched
The fifth Stealth Frigate of P17A, being built at MDL was launched today by President NWWA (Western Region) Charu Singh, who named the ship ‘Taragiri’.
In compliance with the notification issued by the Government of India declared a state mourning on September 11. Thus, the event was limited to a Technical Launch as it was tide dependent, any change in the schedule was not possible. Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh was the Chief Guest, VAdm Kiran Deshmukh Controller Warship Production and Acquisition, and senior officers from the Indian Navy and MoD were among the dignitaries who witnessed the launch ceremony.
The Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and the MDL teams having demonstrated multiple successful conventional launches in the past have honed their expertise further and performed yet another pontoon-assisted launch with panache. Following the launch, ‘Taragiri’ will join its two sister ships at MDL for outfitting activities in the run-up to their delivery to the Indian Navy.
Seven P17A frigates are under various stages of construction at MDL and GRSE. A press statement from the Navy said that the indigenous construction of complex frontline ships such as stealth frigates had catapulted the nation to a higher pedestal in the arena of shipbuilding. It provides additional benefits such as economic development, and employment generation for Indian shipyards, their sub-contractors, and the ancillary industry. Further, 75 percent of the orders of Project 17A have been placed on indigenous firms including MSMEs, thus reinforcing the country’s quest for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
Speaking on the occasion, FOC-IN-C, Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh praised the efforts of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Warship Design Bureau and other Naval Teams in realizing the nation’s quest for self-reliance with regard to warship building. He added that ‘Taragiri’ will surely add to the IN’s forte as and when it makes its way into the blue waters.