- 'Surat' is the fourth ship of the Project 15B destroyers, which marks a considerable upgrade over the P15A (Kolkata Class) destroyers.
- The third ship of Project 17A frigates, 'Udaygiri,' is named after a mountain range in Andhra Pradesh.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate two frontline warships of the Indian Navy — INS Surat, a project 15B destroyer, and INS Udaygiri, a project 17A frigate — at Mazgaon Docks Limited in Mumbai on Tuesday, marking a watershed moment in indigenous warship development.
The Indian Navy’s next-generation stealth guided missile destroyers, the Project 15B class, are being built at the Mazgaon Docks.
‘Surat’ is the fourth ship of the Project 15B destroyers, which marks a considerable upgrade over the P15A (Kolkata Class) destroyers. It is named after Surat, Gujarat’s commercial city and Western India’s second largest commercial centre after Mumbai.
Tomorrow, 17th May, I shall be in Mumbai to attend the landmark event in the history of indigenous warship building when two frontline @indiannavy warships, Surat, a Project 15B Destroyer & Udaygiri, a Project 17A Frigate will be launched concurrently at MDL.
Look forward to it. pic.twitter.com/exYocUCfDi
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) May 16, 2022
Surat has a significant maritime and shipbuilding history, and warships produced there in the 16th and 18th centuries were noted for their long lifespans (of more than 100 years), according to an official statement from the Defense Ministry.
The third ship of Project 17A frigates, ‘Udaygiri,’ is named after a mountain range in Andhra Pradesh. These are the successors to the P17 (Shivalik Class) frigates, featuring increased stealth, upgraded weaponry and sensors, and platform management systems.
The statement claimed that ‘Udaygiri’ is the reincarnation of the old ‘Udaygiri,’ the Leander Class ASW Frigate, which witnessed various hard missions throughout its distinguished service to the country spanning three decades from February 18, 1976 to August 24, 2007.
Both the 15B and P17A ships were designed in-house by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), which has served as the nation’s focal point for all warship design activities. During the shipyard’s construction phase, around 75% of the orders for equipment and systems were placed with indigenous firms, including MSMEs, demonstrating the country’s ‘Atmanirbharta,’ it added.