Keel laying of the primary ship (BY 523, Mahe) of Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Craft (ASW SWC) venture underneath development by Cochin Shipyard Ltd, Kochi, was undertaken on 30 Aug 22 by VAdm Kiran Deshmukh, CWP&A in presence of Shri Madhu S Nair, CMD, CSL, Commodore V Ganapathy, WPS (Koc), CSL, Administrators and different senior officers of CSL and Indian Navy. CWP&An additional added that these platforms will undertake sub-surface surveillance in coastal areas with the aim of detecting and neutralizing underwater threats.

Talking on the event, VAdm Kiran Deshmukh, CWP&A, appreciated CSL efforts in attaining the milestone regardless of Covid constraints and resultant lockdowns. He referred to as it a noteworthy achievement by the shipyard and counseled professionalism displayed by all. Additional, he highlighted that development of those vessels is a significant increase for the ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ and India’s ‘Make in India’ dedication. The Chief Visitor indicated that keel laying is a significant milestone exercise within the shipbuilding course of and paves method for amalgamation of assorted blocks in the direction of totally constructed ship.


Keel laid for the Indian Navy’s first of eight ASW shallow watercraft to be constructed by CSL, India. (Picture by Authorities of India/Ministry of Defence/Press Data Bureau)

Through the deal with, CMD-CSL, highlighted that regardless of a number of challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic throughout execution of this complicated shipbuilding venture, the shipyard has ensured steady manufacturing of ships by way of revolutionary options. He thanked the Indian Navy for his or her unstinted help and reiterated the shipyard’s dedication to ship high quality ships on time.

The contract for development of 16 ASW SWC vessels for the Indian Navy was awarded to CSL and Backyard Attain Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in 2019. GRSE laid keel for its first of the eight vessels in August final 12 months, adopted by the keel-laying of second and third vessels in June this 12 months. Below this deal, every firm is creating eight shallow craft. As soon as constructed, the ASW shallow water vessels will additional bolster the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities and assist safeguard the nation’s maritime pursuits.