FIRST INDIGENOUSLY BUILT ANTI SUBMARINE WARFARECORVETTE
BUILT BY GRSE TO BE HANDED OVER TOINDIAN NAVY TOMORROW
Kolkata: Ashadha 20, 1936
Friday, July 11, 2014
India’s first fullyindigenously built major warship, the anti submarine warfare (ASW) corvette -INS Kamorta -will be handed over to the Indian Navyby Garden Reach Shipbuilders& Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), here in Kolkata tomorrow (July12, 2014).
The super-sophisticatedfrontline warship will be formally handed by GRSE Chairman and ManagingDirector, Rear Admiral (Retd) AK Verma to the Indian Navy at a brief ceremonyat GRSE’s Fitting-Out-Jetty.
The significance of the sturdywarship INS Kamorta, first in its class of four ASW corvettes being built byGRSE under Project-28 (P28) for the Indian Navy,stems from the fact that it isthe first Indian Naval warship ever built in the country with almost 90 percent of indigenous content.
INS Kamorta is also the firstnaval warship built in the country with indigenously developed special gradehigh-tensile (DMR249A) steel produced by SAIL (Steel Authority of India). The hullof the ship encompasses the bulk of sensors and weapon systems that are alsoindigenously manufactured by various Indian Industries.
The foldable hangar doorfitted for the first time with a rail-less helicopter traversing system fitted– also a noteworthy first on any Indian naval ship – will give helicopteroperations from the corvette decks a significant edge over existing platforms ofother warships.
The ASW corvette brings tofruition a significant project in India’s pursuit for self-reliance inindigenous warship building, bringing closer home Indian Navy’s quest to be a’Builder’s Navy’ as well as a true ‘Blue-water Navy’ with ships and submarinesdesigned and built within the country.
Designed by ‘Directorate ofNaval Design’ (DND), the successful construction of ASW corvettes with advancedstealth features also bears testimony to GRSE’s growing capabilities in buildingstate-of-the-art naval combatants comparable with the best in the world.