The Surat warship is the fourth P15B-class guided-missile destroyer, while Udaygiri is the second P17A-class stealth frigate.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday launched two Indian-made warships ‘Surat’ and ‘Udaygiri’ at Mazagon Docks in Mumbai. It is the first time the two locally built warships have been launched together, Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) said.
Surat is the fourth P15B-class guided missile destroyer, while Udaygiri is the second P17A-class stealth frigate. Both warships were designed in-house by the Naval Design Directorate (MDN) and built at MDL, Mumbai.
Rajnath Singh, in his address, described the warships as an embodiment of the government’s unwavering commitment to improving the country’s maritime capability, emphasizing the achievement of ‘Aatmanirbharta’, at a time when the world is witnessing disruptions in the global supply chain due to Covid-19 and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
He also commended the MDL for continuing ship production activities despite the pandemic and for meeting the strategic demands of the Indian Navy in the current geopolitical scenario.
Udaygiri, named after a mountain range in Andhra Pradesh, is the third ship of the Project 17A frigates. It is a follow-up to the P17 (Shivalik-class) frigates with enhanced stealth features, advanced weapons and sensors, and platform management systems, the navy said.
The new warship is the reincarnation of the former “Udaygiri”, the Leander-class ASW frigate, which has seen many difficult operations in its illustrious service to the country, spanning three decades from February 1976 to August 2007, he added.