UK MoD Deputes RFA Ships for Repairs at L&T Shipbuilding’s Kattupalli Shipyard

New Delhi, March 28, 2024: In a significant development underscoring the robust ties between the United Kingdom and India, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships RFA Argus and RFA Lyme Bay have arrived at L&T Shipbuilding’s Kattupalli Shipyard for Assisted Maintenance Period (AMP) and Self Maintenance Period (SMP) respectively. This historic event marks a milestone in the longstanding collaboration between the UK and India in the maritime domain.

The selection of L&T Shipbuilding highlights the growing stature of L&T in shipbuilding and ship repairs. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, expansive facilities, and a skilled workforce, L&T’s Shipyard, equipped with shiplift facility, multiple dry berths, and wet berths, is well-prepared to undertake complex maintenance requirements of modern naval vessels.

Oliver Ballhatchet MBE, Deputy British High Commissioner, noted, “This is the first instance of Royal Navy ships undergoing scheduled maintenance routines in India. This move signifies a step towards the India-UK 2030 Roadmap and reflects a shared understanding of
the global security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region.”

Commenting on this landmark occasion, Mr. J D Patil, Member of Executive Council of Management and Advisor to CMD – L&T, stated that the successful collaboration between the Royal Navy and L&T Shipbuilding exemplifies the spirit of partnership and is a direct result of the logistics-sharing agreement signed between the UK and India in 2022. Mr. A T Ramchandani, Executive Vice President & Head – L&T Defence, added, “The visit of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships, following the arrival of US Navy ships last year, showcases the
global recognition of L&T’s unmatched capabilities and facilities to undertake quality shipbuilding & refits.”

RFA Lyme Bay serves as a Landing Ship Dock, while RFA Argus fulfills roles as a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship and Aviation Support Vessel within the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.





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