Latest Indigenous Class-Warship Commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai
The latest second part of Project 15B stealth-guided missile destroyer warship INS Mormugao (Pennant D67) has indigenously been commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on December 18, 2022. She was state-of-the-art and was a part of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers. She’s been named after a historic port city Mormugao in Goa on the eve of Goa Liberation Day. She was designed by Warship Design Bureau, Indian Navy’s in-house warship design body, and built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL). She gives more teeth to the warriors of the sea which signifies the navy’s hard power and an appropriate degree of symbolism as well. She first sailed for sea trials on Dec 19, 2021 on the day Goa and India were celebrating 60 years of liberation from Portuguese rule.
Due to its entire total atmospheric control system (TACS), the ship, which measures 163 metres by 17 metres, may engage in nuclear, biological, as well as chemical (NBC) warfare. Additionally, the INS Mormugao, which has a displacement of 7,400 tonnes, is outfitted with cutting-edge armaments. A crew of at least 350 people, including 50 officers and 250 sailors, will be in charge of running it. Over 75% of the ship's components were designed and produced in India, either directly by Indian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or through partnerships and knowledge transfers with reputable OEMs abroad. In addition to being able to reach speeds of 30 knots (55 km/hour), it also features a battle management system that can employ analytical tools to build a tactical picture and is propelled by four potent gas turbines in a "combined gas and gas" (COGAG) configuration. The INS Mormugao is equipped with BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles, Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles, and a cutting-edge observation radar that supports the ship's armament system by providing target information. The ship's arsenal also includes rocket launchers, torpedo launchers, and ASW helicopters like the Sea King or HAL Dhruv that were produced domestically.
Three guided missile destroyers of the Kolkata class, designated INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, and INS Chennai, were commissioned by the Indian Navy during the course of the past 10 years as a part of the 15A programme. These ships were an improvement over the Delhi class ships such the INS Delhi, INS Mysore, and INS Mumbai. All of these ships were built by MDSL, one of the biggest Defense PSUs in the country. A "class" of ship is a group of vessels with equal tonnage, purposes, capabilities, and armament. A contract for four guided missile destroyers that are more advanced than those in the Kolkata class was signed in January 2011. As part of Project 15B, the lead ship, INS Visakhapatnam (Pennant D66), was commissioned into the Navy in November 2021. New design concepts for improved survivability, seakeeping and manoeuvrability were incorporated by P15B destroyers. Project 15B's four ships were to be given the names of Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal, and Surat, four significant cities in different parts of the nation. The lead ship in a ship class, in this case the INS Visakhapatnam.
Due to their fast speed, maneuverability, and longer endurance, destroyers are a type of warship that can support larger ships in a fleet or a carrier battle group, sometimes referred to as a carrier strike group. Modern destroyers provide close-range surface, air, and subsurface defence for fleets and carrier combat groups. They are quick, sleek, and hard to spot. Guided missile destroyers can conduct anti-submarine and anti-air missions in addition to anti-surface operations. Due to their speed, manoeuvrability, and striking capabilities, guided missile destroyers are crucial assets in a range of naval missions, most of which are offensive. The commissioning of this battleship is evidence of India's superiority in the design and development of warships. There is no doubt that the government's resolve to prepare the nation to deal with any situation arising from changing global scenarios is a top priority to continue building up the security framework by giving the military cutting-edge indigenous weapons and gear.