Indigenous stealth guided-missile destroyer INS Mormugao, second warship of P15B class, commissions

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Indian Naval Ship (INS) Mormugao (D67), second warship of the P15B class of stealth guided-missile destroyers, was commissioned in the august presence of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on December 18, 2022. The event marked the formal induction of the second of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers, indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation Warship Design Bureau and constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.

P15B destroyers

P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, seakeeping and manoeuvrability.

Enhanced stealth has also been achieved, making the ships difficult to detect. With a significantly increased indigenous content,

P15B destroyers are a hallmark of self-reliance in warship design and building

it is a shining example of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

In his address, the Raksha Mantri described INS Mormugao as one of the most powerful indigenously-built warships which will significantly enhance the country’s maritime capabilities and secure national interests. “INS Mormugao is one of the world’s most technologically-advanced missile carriers. With over 75% indigenous content, it is a testimony to India’s excellence in design and development of warships and a shining example of our growing indigenous defence production capabilities. The warship will meet the present and future needs of our country as well as of our friendly countries across the globe,” he said.

The ship is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare conditions. With over 75% indigenous content, all her major weapons and sensors have been developed and manufactured in India.