India recently commissioned its second indigenous stealth destroyer – INS Mormugao. This destroyer is “MADE IN INDIA” and after INS Vikrant this is a big leap for India to become a self sufficient country. In this article you will know about India’s Second Indigenous Stealth Destroyer- INS Mormugao.
INS Mormugao is the second ship of the Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. She was built at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), and was launched on 17 September 2016. The ship was commissioned on 18 December 2022.
INS Mormugao is 163 m in length and has a beam of 17.4 m in length with a draft of 6.5 m. It can swim at the speed of 56 km/h with a range of 7,400 km.. This ship requires a total of 300 crew members in which 50 are officers and 250 are sailors to handle this stealth destroyer.
This destroyer was named after the port city of Mormugao in Goa. It was laid down on 4 June 2015 and its way number is D67 which is also its identification or Pennant Number D67.
INS Mormugao is equipped with the latest equipment and best technology.
IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STAR S-Band AESA radar
BEL RAWL-02/LW-08 L-Band air-search radar
Terma/Tata Scanter-6002 X-Band surface-search radar
BEL HUMSA-NG active/passive sonar
BEL “Nagin” active towed-array sonar
4 × 8-cell VLS, for a total of 32 Barak 8 surface-to-air missiles
2 x 8-cell VLS, for 16 BrahMos anti-ship missiles
4 × 533 mm torpedo tubes
2 × RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers
1 × OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun
4 x AK-630M CIWS
2 x OFT 12.7 mm M2 Stabilized Remote Controlled Gun
Importance of INS Mormugao
China has been rapidly expanding its naval footprint in the Indian Ocean and its interests are tied with the region.
Growing Chinese strategic interests, India renewed its focus on bolstering its maritime capabilities in the region to counter the threat.
During the commissioning ceremony of INS Mormugao, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated the government’s resolve to prepare the nation to deal with any situation arising due to the changing global scenario. The addition of a technologically advanced stealth warship to the naval inventory provides a strategic advantage to India and adds to the combat capabilities of the armed forces. Besides surface operations, guided missile destroyers are capable of engaging in anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare.
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