GRSE Launches Third Anti Submarine Warfare Corvette for Indian Navy
Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) recently launched the third Anti Submarine Warfare Corvette (ASWC) from its main yard. Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM AVSM YSM NM VSM ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral (Retd) A K Verma, VSM, Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE, Kolkata and other dignitaries from Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence & West Bengal Administration witnessed the ceremony.
ASW Corvette is a frontline warship for the Indian Navy with anti submarine warfare capability and very low signature of radiated underwater noise. The ship’s hull form is highly efficient with excellent sea keeping and maneuverability characteristics having an overall length of 109m. She can cut through the sea at a very high speed of 25 knots. Hull of the ship is built with warship grade high tensile indigenous steel.
The ASW Corvette ships also mark many firsts for the Indian Navy namely “Introduction of the Rail Less Helo Traversing System”, “Foldable Hangar Door”, “Use of indigenous DMR 249A Steel” and “Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Superstructure” integrated with the steel hull of the ship. The ASW Corvette class of ships are also likely to achieve indigenisation content of almost 90%, which is truly showcasing the relentless efforts being made by Indian Navy and Defence Shipyards towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance.
GRSE is constructing four ships of ASW Corvette class under project P-28. The first ship of the class is likely to be delivered this year and other three ships by 2016.
GRSE, April 17, 2013