Indian Navy lays keel for two anti-submarine warfare shallow craft

Indian Navy has held a keel-laying ceremony for two warships of anti-submarine warfare shallow craft (ASW SWC) project.

As informed, the ceremony took place in Kalkuta on 31 December 2022. The vessels are being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).

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Speaking on the occasion, Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane appreciated GRSE’s efforts towards achieving the significant milestone.

He stated that the laying of the keel for these two ships reinforces the country’s commitment towards completely indigenous shipbuilding as part of Prime Minister’s vision of ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’.

The ASW SWC ships will have over 80% indigenous content, ensuring that large-scale defence production is executed by Indian manufacturing units, thereby generating employment and capability build-up within the country.

He further said that with the induction of ASW SWC ships, the IN’s ASW capability will be enhanced.

To remind, Indian shipbuilding company Cochin Shipyard Limited held a keel-laying ceremony for the Indian Navy’s first anti-submarine warfare shallow watercraft in September last year.

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