Mauritius to Take Delivery of OPV Barracuda
Defence shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipyard & Engineers is expected to deliver a 1,300 tonne offshore patrol vessel named “Barracuda” to Mauritius on Saturday.
The $58 million vessel is the first warship ordered by a foreign country from an Indian shipyard.
Senior naval officers have long argued for exporting warships to countries in the Indo – Pacific region. This, they said, would strengthen India’s security partnerships, while providing economy of scale to India’s warship builders and ancillary companies.
Barracuda completed a month of sea trials during which it delivered a top speed of 22.5 knots, compared to the customer’s requirement of 20 knots. The vessel is designed for anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching, search and rescue and other operations.
Barracuda will be handed over by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh to the Mauritius government at Kolkata on Saturday.
Press release, Image: GRSE