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Warship Vindhyagiri: President Droupadi Murmu Unveils Advanced Stealth Frigate in Kolkata

Warship Vindhyagiri: The sixth vessel produced under the ‘Project 17 Alpha’ initiative for the Indian Navy

Kolkata,17 August(City Times): Warship Vindhyagiri: President Droupadi Murmu arrived in Kolkata, West Bengal, and inaugurated a state-of-the-art warship named ‘Vindhyagiri’. The vessel was launched at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) facility by the Hooghly river. The event was attended by West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, taking place on the INS ‘Vindhyagiri’ itself.

New Stealth Frigate for Indian Navy

The newly unveiled ship, named after the Vindhyagiri mountain range in Karnataka, is an advanced stealth frigate. It is the sixth vessel produced under the ‘Project 17 Alpha’ initiative for the Indian Navy. This project aims to enhance naval capabilities and strengthen maritime security. The INS ‘Vindhyagiri’ is the final stealth frigate constructed by Kolkata’s GRSE for the Navy under this project.

Cutting-Edge Technology and Indigenous Collaboration

The warship Vindhyagiri incorporates cutting-edge technology, including advanced weapons, sensors, and platform management systems. Notably, around 75% of the equipment and systems used in these ships are sourced from indigenous firms, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This showcases India’s self-reliance in defense manufacturing and the nation’s commitment to modernizing its naval fleet.

Rigorous Testing and Naval Service

Before being commissioned into active service with the Indian Navy, the INS warship Vindhyagiri will undergo extensive testing to ensure its operational readiness. These guided missile frigates are designed to counter threats across air, surface, and sub-surface dimensions, bolstering India’s maritime security. The vessel’s deployment will contribute to safeguarding India’s coastal waters and maritime interests.

Here are some important things to know about the ship:

  • The ship is named after the Vindhyagiri hills in Karnataka. It is the sixth ship of the “Project 17A” initiative.
  • The warship Vindhyagiri is a tribute to its predecessor, the “INS Vindhyagiri,” which was a Leander Class ASW Frigate.
  • According to News Agencies, the previous “INS Vindhyagiri” was involved in various challenging operations from July 1981 to June 2012.
  • The newly named “INS Vindhyagiri” represents India’s commitment to honoring naval history while also building a brighter future for indigenous defense capabilities.
  • Within the “Project 17A” program, four ships are being constructed by Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL), and three ships are being built by GRSE. The initial five ships under this program were constructed by GRSE and MDL from 2019 to 2022.
  • All ships in the “Project 17A” initiative have been designed by the Indian Navy’s “Warship Design Bureau,” the main organization for warship design activities.
  • The launch of “Vindhyagiri” demonstrates India’s advancement in becoming self-reliant in its naval capabilities.
  • Vindhyagiri and the other five warships are the next versions of Project 17 Class Frigates (Shivalik class) with improved features and advanced platform management systems.
  • Vindhyagiri is the third and final stealth warship that the shipbuilder in Kolkata was assigned to make for the Navy as part of this project.
  • Vindhyagiri is a respectful tribute to the important service of its predecessor, the previous INS Vindhyagiri, an ASW Frigate of the Leander Class.
  • During its nearly 31 years of service from July 8, 1981, to June 11, 2012, the old Vindhyagiri encountered various complex missions.
  • An official from the Indian Navy shared, “The newly named Vindhyagiri signifies India’s commitment to honor its strong naval past while aiming for a future with self-made defense capabilities.”
  • The Navy emphasized that a significant 75 percent of the orders for the equipment and systems of the Project 17A ships come from Indian companies, including Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • The ship, painted in ash, black, and red, has been designed by the Indian Navy’s warship design bureau itself, similar to other stealth frigates of the P17A series.
  • The P17A ships are missile frigates, each measuring 149 meters in length, weighing around 6,670 tons, and capable of moving at a speed of 28 knots, according to a GRSE official.

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