President Murmu launches stealth frigate INS Vindhyagiri

A view of INS Vindhyagiri during its launch by the Kolkata-based Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd.
| Photo Credit: DEBASISH BHADURI

President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday launched INS Vindhyagiri, the last in the series of three Project 17A (Alpha) frigates built by the Indian Navy at Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers ( GRSE).

Describing the development as a move forward in enhancing India’s maritime capabilities, the President said that the launch was also a step towards achieving the goal of AtmanirbharBharat through indigenous shipbuilding.

President Murmu said that Project 17A, under which INS Vindhyagiri was developed, reflects the country’s commitment to self-reliance and technological advancement as well as indigenous innovation for developing state-of-the-art technology.

“The President said that the security in the Indian Ocean Region and the larger Indo-Pacific has many aspects and the Navy has to always remain proactive in tackling security threats,” a press statement by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.  

President Murmu was joined by West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose and State’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the event.

President Droupadi Murmu along with West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the launch of INS Vindhyagiri, the last in the series of three P17A frigates being built for the Navy by Kolkata-based Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd.

President Droupadi Murmu along with West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the launch of INS Vindhyagiri, the last in the series of three P17A frigates being built for the Navy by Kolkata-based Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd.
| Photo Credit:
DEBASISH BHADURI

“Following the launch, Vindhyagiri will join its two sister ships at the Outfitting Jetty at GRSE, to progress remaining activities and equipment trials, in the run-up to their delivery and commissioning,” said a press statement by the Indian Navy. 

The first and second ships of the series are INS Himgiri and INS Dunagiri. The three Nilgiri-class frigates were ordered at a cost of approximately ₹19,200 crore and was the largest ever contract executed by the GRSE.

These ships have a length of 149 metres and a displacement of over 6,670 tonnes. Their cutting-edge propulsion system allows for speeds of over 28 knots. “Project 17A Frigates are the follow-on class of the Project 17 (Shivalik Class) Frigates, with improved stealth features, advanced weapons and sensors and platform management systems. Seven Project 17A Frigates are under various stages of construction at MDL and GRSE,” the press statement by the Navy said.

PTI adds

Speaking at a programme at the Raj Bhavan, President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday expressed concern on rampant drug use among youth and said it was time to find a solution to eradicate the menace. Ms. Murmu launched the ‘My Bengal, Addiction-Free Bengal’ campaign organised by the Brahma Kumaris, Ms. Murmu said the central and state governments were working hard on various aspects to curb the problem.

“Drug abuse is a matter of concern for society and the country. Due to these addictions, youth are not able to choose the right direction in their lives. This is very worrying and there is a need to work on all fronts in this matter,” Ms. Murmu said.

She added the situation can be improved through spiritual awakening, medication, social solidarity and political will. She appreciated organisations like Brahma Kumaris for discussing such issues and working to solve them.

“I appreciate Prajapita Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya for starting the special project ‘My Bengal, Addiction Free Bengal’ under ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’. I appreciate Governor Bose for promoting this programme,” she added.