GRSE built Advanced Frigate “DUNAGIRI” launched by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh
Kolkata, 15 July 2022: Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) accomplished a key milestone in the prestigious Project 17A today, with the launch of “Dunagiri” (Yard 3023) the second of GRSE’s three Advanced Frigates, by Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Defence, Government of India, the Chief Guest on the occasion. Upholding the best of maritime traditions, the ‘Naming Ceremony’ of the ship was performed by Smt Kala Hari Kumar, wife of Admiral R Hari Kumar, the Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy. Admiral R Hari Kumar, the Chief Of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command, Lt Gen RP Kalita GOC-in-C East, Cmde PR Hari, IN (Retd.), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE, and other Senior Officials of Indian Armed Forces, GRSE and a host of other dignitaries were present at the occasion.
The Launch symbolises the ship’s birth as she makes her first contact with water. The ceremony was conducted in true maritime Indian traditions with the application of vermillion, breaking of coconut on the ship’s bow and chanting of Vedic mantras followed by the ship being floated out of her building dock.
With a value of around rupees nineteen thousand two hundred crores (Rs.19200+ crores) the contract for building three Frigates under Project 17A is the largest order ever won by GRSE. The first ship of the series, “INS Himgiri” was launched in 14 Dec 20, and is presently undergoing the ‘outfitting’ phase.
With a length of 149 metres, a displacement of over 6670 T, and a cutting-edge CODOG Propulsion system that allows for speeds of over 28 knots, P17A ships will be the most modern, cutting-edge Guided Missile Frigates in the Indian Navy’s fleet. These sophisticated weapon platforms are equipped with a powerful weapon & sensor package capable of neutralising threats in all three dimensions – Air, Surface & Sub-surface. To improve quality and shorten build times, P17A Advanced Frigates are being constructed using an Integrated Construction Methodology and improved pre-outfitting. M/s Fincantieri, an Italian company, is the project’s know-how provider for technology upgrades and capability enhancement. Another distinctive feature of Project 17A is that construction is being carried out by GRSE simultaneously with MDL, based on the basic design created by the Directorate of Naval Design, Indian Navy. An intelligent PDM PLM system is also being implemented to manage the project and aid in its life cycle management.
Hon’ble Raksha Mantri mentioned that launching of ‘Dunagiri’ is a significant milestone in the journey of GRSE’s growth story and that today’s launch demonstrates the foresightedness of Indian Navy and untiring efforts of GRSE’s workforce. The Hon’ble Raksha Mantri also stated that the construction of this highly sophisticated platform displays the indigenous design strength of Indian Navy, Indian Shipyards, ancillary industries and MSMEs. The Raksha Mantri also applauded GRSE’s fight against Covid and continuing with the construction of the ship irrespective of the challenging situation at hand.
Speaking on the occasion, Admiral R Hari Kumar termed GRSE a close and valued partner for the Indian Navy for many decades. He mentioned that the shipyard has grown significantly over the years and has a good track record in building complex ships. He also mentioned that this aspect was underscored with the launch of Himgiri in Dec 20, followed by today’s launch, within a short period of just 18 months.
Cmde PR Hari IN, (Retd) during his speech on this historic occasion said, “It is a proud moment for us, as we launch “Dunagiri” the second of our three Frigates and take the shipyard into the league of building capital stealth ships for the nation. Having built and delivered 107 warships, GRSE is proud to be a part of this growth story of nation towards Atmanirbharta. Out of 107 ships, 70 have been built for the Indian Navy and with 15 ships presently under construction and few more orders on the anvil. The shipyard is confident of delivering a century of Warships for the Indian Navy during this decade itself.”
As part of the Make in India initiatives of Ministry of Defence through indigenisation efforts, GRSE has made commendable progress by successfully incorporating a high percentage of indigenous content into the ships. INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt, the First Two of Class of 4 ASW Corvettes built by GRSE, became the first warships built in the country with indigenously developed warship grade steel-DMR 249A. These Ships and the Eight Landing Crafts built by GRSE for the Indian Navy, have the distinction of achieving over 90% Indigenous Equipment Fit and hence a major step towards attaining Self Reliance in State-of-the-Art Warship Design and Construction.
Since the takeover by the Government of India in 1960, GRSE has produced a wide variety of potent warships, including Frigates, Missile & ASW Corvettes, Landing Ship Tanks, LCUs, Fast Patrol Vessels, and Fleet tankers. Leveraging its modern infrastructure facilities, GRSE can now build multiple warships by employing advanced modular integrated shipbuilding technology, which is on par with the best global practices. The shipyard is now capable of producing 20 warships simultaneously and is ably poised to meet the future warship requirements of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard such as Next Generation Corvettes, Frigates and Patrol Vessels.
GRSE is presently executing an order book of approximately Rs. 24100 crore (31 Mar 22) and working on two other significant projects for the Indian Navy – development of the 04 Survey Vessel Large ships and the 08 ASW SWC ships, thus, constructing 15 Navy warships. The Shipyard also bagged two orders for export vide International Competitive Bidding viz 01 Ocean Going Passenger and Cargo Vessel for Guyana and 06 Patrol Boats for Bangladesh and is exploring new projects in Friendly Foreign Countries.