Indian shipbuilding company Cochin Shipyard Limited has held a keel-laying ceremony for the Indian Navy’s first anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft (ASW SWC).
The ceremony took place on 30 August in Kochi. The controller of warship production and acquisition Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh laid the keel in the presence of the navy officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice admiral Deshmukh, stated: “It is a noteworthy achievement by the shipyard and commended professionalism displayed by all.”
Apart from the keel laying, the company also hosted a steel-cutting ceremony for the sixth and seventh ASW SWC.
The steel-cutting event and commencement of fabrication of any warship signifies an important milestone, as this occasion is a culmination of the preparatory process and kickstarts the construction phase of the ship, the company noted.
The navy officials emphasized that the construction of these vessels is a significant boost for the “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat” and India’s “Make in India” commitment.
The units are expected to enhance the navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities and will serve the country in safeguarding maritime interests.
The keel-laying ceremony for the second and third ASW SWC was held at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) shipyard in June this year.