Indian Navy commissions 90% Made in India, GRSE-built INS Kavaratti

INS Kavaratti is the fourth and last ship in the project-28 series (Kamorta class), developed indigenously by the Garden Reach Shipbuilding Limited (GRSE) Limited for the Indian Navy
Indian Navy commissions 90% Made in India, GRSE-built INS Kavaratti

New Delhi: Indian Naval Ship 'INS-Kavaratti', the last in the series of four Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes' (ASWC) built for the Indian Navy by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) under Project 28 (Kamorta class), has been commissioned on Thursday. GRSE had delivered this weapon-intensive platform to the Indian Navy in February this year. INS Kavaratti was commissioned at Visakhapatnam by the Chief of the Army Staff, General MM Naravane (PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC) in the presence of GRSE's Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Rear Admiral VK Saxena and other senior officials of the Indian Navy. Commissioning of the ship while braving constraints of COVID-19 highlights the determination and commitment of the Indian Navy, GRSE and other stakeholders in strengthening the maritime security of the nation.

The timeline of the P28 class of ships built by GRSE was synchronized to factor in the first-time unique indigenization efforts. Special High Strength Warship Grade Steel Type DMR 249 A, was indigenously developed for these ships' construction. INS Kavaratti and INS Kiltan are the first two major warships in the country to have the unique feature of the superstructure made of carbon fibre composite material. GRSE is the first shipyard in the country to have successfully achieved this feat, wherein composite material has been integrated with the steel hull of these two ships. This new-age material has led to an overall reduced weight which in turn led to significant speed/manoeuvrability improvements and increased stability of over 20 percent.

Strategic innovation and indigenization are at the heart of the first three Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes built by GRSE. These potent platforms demonstrated their expertise in several overseas operations and International Maritime Exhibitions. INS Kavaratti which has been commissioned today is expected to follow suit. Equipped to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions, featuring the integration of a host of weapons and sensors, the P28 Class of ships are a milestone in the journey towards "Atmanirbhar Abhiyaan" of the government.

These ships are designed to be equally effective in the littorals as well as the deep oceans. INS Kavaratti is a versatile Anti-Submarine Warfare platform, 109-meter-long, 14.1-meter-wide and a deep displacement of approx. 32,50 tons. With a maximum speed of 25 knots, and an endurance of over 3400 NM at 18 knots speed, the ship can accommodate 17 officers and 106 sailors. This dominant platform is utilized for neutralizing enemy submarines by using weapons like torpedoes, rocket launchers and helicopters. The design with an indigenous content of over 81%, was achieved in house by the Directorate of Naval Design and GRSE while the hull of the ship was developed by DRDO and Indian Navy. The "X" form of the Hull and Super Structure gives very Low Radar Cross Section and the special design of the propulsion system minimizes Radiated Underwater Noise. The Stealth features make the ship nearly undetectable to the enemy both above and below the sea surface.

GRSE is currently executing three major shipbuilding projects, namely the P17A Project for 3 Advanced Stealth Frigates, 4 Survey Vessels (Large) and 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts. The shipyard plans to deliver the last ship of the LCU Class by this yearend and the 1st P17A Ship is expected to be launched in Dec this year, well ahead of schedule. GRSE delivered the Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Kanaklata Barua in June 2020, in the face of challenges in operating in a manpower-intensive industry during pandemic times.

GRSE has a strong order book of Rs 26,544 crores as of March 31. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered innovation in terms of working style for the shipyard. GRSE's strategies revolve around shifting to smart manufacturing or industry 4.0 with innovations in automation, robotics and the industrial internet of things. A state-of-the-art Modern Hull Block Complex and Indigenous Underwater CNC Plasma Cutting Facility were virtually inaugurated by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the RBD Unit of GRSE, to augment the existing infrastructure at the Main Unit of the Shipyard.

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