Mumbai, Sep 17: The Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL)'s second Visakhapatnam Class-destroyer, with more than 60 per cent indigenisation and increased stealth power, was launched ahead of its schedule here on Saturday, officials said.
The Guided Missile Destroyer ship of Project 15B was launched by chief guest Reena Lanba, wife of Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Naval Staff. The momentous event was attended by a large number of naval officers, sailors and MDL staff and workers.
Loud cheers and thunderous claps marked the launch as the warship smoothly slid into the Arabian Sea waters for the first time.
Named 'Mormugao', the hull of the 7,300-tonne, 163.2 metres long guided missile destroyer, which was constructed on dry area, floated on water for the first time - which is a milestone event for any vessel.
The Project 15B missile destroyers are modern warships equipped with the latest weapons package, in continuation of the lineage of the highly successful Delhi and Kolkata Class ships.
Under the Project 15B, MDL will build a total of four destroyers, the first of which was Visakhapatnam, launched onApril 20, 2015, followed by Mormugao. Other deliveries are scheduled between 2020-2024, said an official.