Mormugao First Sea Trial By Indian Navy
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The first sea trials for the Indian Navy’s indigenously built stealth destroyer Mormugao were held in the Arabian Sea on 19 December.
The P-15B project was used to build the warship’s first sea voyage.
Its emergence marks the 60th anniversary of Goa’s independence from Portuguese domination.
Mormugao is the second indigenous stealth destroyer in the Project P-15B program.
It is expected to be completed by the middle of 2022.
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd is building the stealth destroyer Mormugao (MDSL).
The first ship built under Project P-15B was the INS Visakhapatnam. On 21 November 2021, the ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai.
India’s indigenous destroyer program began in the late 1990s with three Delhi class (P-15 class) vessels. Three destroyers of the Kolkata class (P-15A) followed it.
A total of four warships are planned as part of this project: Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal, and Surat.
M/s Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai is building these guided-missile destroyers.
In 2011, a contract for these ships was inked. These vessels are among the world’s most technologically advanced guided-missile destroyers.
It includes features like a cutting-edge weapon or sensor package, a high level of automation, and superior stealth capabilities.
Long-range Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM) and BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles are installed on P-15B ships.
It also has medium-range SAMs, anti-submarine indigenous rocket launchers, indigenous torpedo tube launchers, and a 76-mm super fast gun mount, among other indigenous weaponry systems.
Projects’ 4 Ships:
Visakhapatnam – launched in November 2021
Mormugao – launched in 2016
Imphal – launched in 2019
Surat: set to launch in 2022