Second Ship of ASW SWC Project ‘Androth’ Launched

‘Androth’, the second of 8xASW Shallow Water Craft (SWC) Project, being built by GRSE for Indian Navy was launched on 21 March 2023 at GRSE, Kolkata. The ship made her first contact with water of Hooghly River in the afternoon during the launch ceremony, presided over by FOC-IN-C (West), VAdm Dinesh K Tripathi.

In keeping with the naval traditions, Shashi Tripathi launched the ship to the chanting of invocation from Atharva Veda.

Former Indian cricketer and head coach of Bengal cricket team, Arun Lal was the Guest of Honour for the ceremony. The ship has been named Androth to signify the strategic maritime importance accorded to the island of Androth, located about 170 Nm north-west of Kochi, in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

Contract for building eight ASW SWC ships was signed between MoD and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata on 29 April 2019.

Arnala class of ships will replace the in-service Abhay class ASW Corvettes of Indian Navy and are designed to undertake anti-submarine operations in coastal waters, Low Intensity Maritime Operations (LIMO) and Mine Laying operations including subsurface surveillance in littoral waters. The ASW SWC ships are 77.6-metre long, have a displacement of 900 tons with a maximum speed of 25 knots.

Launch of two ships of the same class in a span of three months reinforces our resolve towards indigenous shipbuilding as part of the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’. The first ship of the project is planned to be delivered to the Indian Navy by December 2023. The ASW SWC ships will have over 80 percent indigenous content, thereby ensuring that large scale defence production is executed by Indian manufacturing units, generating employment and capability enhancement within the country.



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