Stealth destroyer Mormugao sails for maiden sea trials

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The ship incorporates several niche indigenous technologies and is a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self Reliant India). She has provided thrust and impetus to the ‘Make in India’ initiative…reports Asian Lite News.

Indian Navy’s second indigenous stealth destroyer of the P15B class Mormugao, planned to be commissioned in mid 2022, proceeded on her maiden sea sortie on Sunday.

The maiden sea sortie on December 19 is perhaps the most befitting date for the ship to be put to sea as the nation celebrates 60 years of Goa’s liberation from Portuguese rule.

The Indian Navy played a pivotal role in the liberation and dedicating the ship’s name to the maritime state of Goa will not just enhance the bonding between the Indian Navy and the people of Goa, but also link the ship’s identity permanently to the crucial role the Navy played in nation-building.

Mormugao is being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDSL) as part of the Project 15B destroyers.

The ship incorporates several niche indigenous technologies and is a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self Reliant India). She has provided thrust and impetus to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Mormugao will add significantly to the Indian Navy’s combat capabilities. With the recent commissioning in November 2021 of INS Visakhapatnam and the fourth P75 submarine INS Vela, commencement of sea trials of Mormugao is testimony to the cutting-edge capabilities of MDSL and the strong indigenous shipbuilding tradition of a modern and vibrant India, Navy said.

INS Sudarshini deployed to Gulf countries

 The Indian Navy on Wednesday informed that INS Sudarshini is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf as part of the Indian Navy’s efforts to familiarise friendly foreign Navies with operations and training on Sail Training platforms and towards strengthening ‘Bridges of Friendship’.

The ship entered Port Rashid, Dubai (UAE) today, after a passage of seven days through the Gulf. This marks the second phase of the ship’s deployment in Gulf countries (Oman was from August 5, 2021).

The ship would be actively involved in the exchange of professional as well as training aspects with the UAE Navy personnel during the stay in Dubai.

Symposium on naval operations

The Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy conducted a Naval Operations Symposium 2021 in Kochi.

Rear Admiral Antony George, NM, VSM, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, delivered the keynote address and released the compendium in the event which was organized on Thursday.

“The Admiral highlighted the importance of the maritime domain and Indian Navy’s commitment towards ensuring safety, security and inclusive growth in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR),” reads the official statement.

The theme for this year’s edition of the Symposium was ‘Navy’s Operations in the Expanding Maritime Domain’.

Symposium, conceived in 1964, seeks to enhance awareness on Maritime Operations by providing an open and inclusive forum for varied discussions.

“The symposium was conducted in a seminar mode and witnessed active participation Navy wide. The experienced speakers presented their papers covering the vast horizon of Expanding Indian Naval Operational aspects including Amphibious Operations, Operation of Unmanned Maritime System, Progressing Two-Carrier operations, Evolving Air Tactics, Network Centric Operations and Future of Submarine Operations,” the release added.

The Symposium commenced with a stimulating paper on ‘1971 Indo-Pak war – Relevance and lessons learnt in modern-day maritime operations’, commemorating ‘Swaranim Vijay Varsh’ – 50 years of India’s victory in the 1971 war. (IANS/ANI)

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