To ‘add may’ to Indian Navy’s arsenal, Rajnath Singh launches two indigenously built warships ‘Surat’ and ‘Udaygiri’


New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday (May 17, 2022) launched two indigenously built frontline warships ‘Surat’ and ‘Udaygiri’ on the Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) in Mumbai and stated that they are going to “add may” to the Indian Navy. In his deal with, Rajnath described the warships as an embodiment of the Government’s unwavering dedication to improve the nation’s maritime functionality, with a deal with attaining ‘Aatmanirbharta’, at a time when the world is witnessing disruption within the international provide chain due to Covid-19 and the Russia-Ukraine struggle.

While ‘Surat’ is the fourth Guided Missile Destroyer within the P15B class, ‘Udaygiri’ is the second Stealth Frigate within the P17A class. Both warships have been designed in-house by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built at MDL, Mumbai.

He said that the two warships will add may to the Indian Navy’s arsenal and symbolize to the world India’s strategic energy in addition to the facility of self-reliance.

“INS Udaygiri and INS Surat are the shining examples of India’s rising indigenous functionality. The warships can be among the many most technologically superior missile carriers on the earth, that can cater to the current in addition to future necessities. In the occasions to come, we won’t solely fulfil our personal wants, however may also meet the shipbuilding necessities of the world. We will quickly realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imaginative and prescient of ‘Make in India, Make for the World’,” he stated.

The Defence Minister additionally lauded the Indian Navy for responsibly discharging its duties of retaining the Indo-Pacific area open, protected and safe.

“The Indo-Pacific area is essential for the economic system of the entire world. India is a accountable maritime stakeholder within the area. We help consensus-based rules and peaceable, open, rule-based and secure maritime order. Being an essential nation on this area, it’s the major goal of our Navy to preserve the Indo-Pacific open, protected and safe. The Prime Minister’s imaginative and prescient of Security and Growth for All within the Region (SAGAR) is predicated on the spirit of friendship, openness, dialogue and coexistence with the neighbours. With that very imaginative and prescient, the Indian Navy is successfully discharging its duties,” Rajnath stated.

“If a rustic needs to safeguard its nationwide pursuits, it ought to mission its army prowess in areas far past the mainland. If a rustic has aspirations to change into a regional or international energy, it’s crucial to develop a robust Naval drive. The authorities is making all efforts on this route. We need to make a robust, safe and affluent India, which is recognised as a worldwide energy,” he added.

He made particular point out of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier ‘INS Vikrant’ and termed it as a serious milestone within the Indian Navy’s path of ‘Aatmanirbharta’. Singh hoped that the service will enhance India’s attain from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean.

“The commissioning of ‘INS Vikrant’ can be a golden second within the Indian defence historical past,” he stated.


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