Mumbai Held The Prestigious P17a Indian Navy’s Seventh Ship’s Keel-laying Ceremony

Rear Admiral GK Harish, Director General Naval Design (Surface Ship Group), performed the keel-laying ceremony for the seventh ship (Y- 12654) of the famous P17A of the Indian Navy on Tuesday, June 28 at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. in Mumbai.

Senior members of the Indian Navy and MDL were present during the occasion. Keel-laying is a significant milestone activity in shipbuilding, signifying the official start of the erection process of warships on the construction berth.

Seven frigates of the P17A class are being built, four of which are being built at MDL and three of which are being built at GRSE with MDL serving as the lead yard. The P17A class of frigates are constructed using steel produced domestically and equipped with weaponry, sensors, and an Integrated Platform Management System.

The building of these vessels is a significant boost for AatmaNirbhar Bharat and India’s pledge to Make in India, with orders for equipment and systems going to domestic companies including MSMEs, equating to indigenous content of almost 75%.

By utilising the cutting-edge technology known as “Integrated Construction (IC),” which pre-fits the building blocks prior to combining them, P17A ships are constructed differently than traditional warships. This shortens the time it takes to construct a warship. The platforms will improve the Indian Naval fleet’s capabilities to engage in warfare once they are put into service.

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