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Thursday 14 July 2022

Stealth frigate INS Dunagiri set for launch into Hooghly

INS Himgiri, the second frigate of seven in Project 17A, being launched at Garden Reach shipyard in 2020


By Ajai Shukla

Business Standard, 15th July 22


Indian Navy Ship (INS) Dunagiri, one of seven stealth frigates that India is constructing under Project 17A, will be launched into the Hooghly River near Kolkata on Friday.


Launching is a critically important landmark in the building of a warship. It means the ship can float, while the rest of the build, especially the superstructure, is carried out.


Like all the frigates of Project 17A, INS Dunagiri is named after a mountain range in the country. This began with Project 17which yielded three frigates: INS Shivalik in 2010, INS Satpura in 2011 and INS Sahyadri in 2012.


‘Dunagiri’ is the fourth warship of Project 17A. These highly advanced, 6,600-tonne, guided missile frigates are follow-on vessels of the three-frigate Project 17, known as the Shivalik-class. However, Project 17A frigates have improved stealth features, advanced weapons and sensors and platform management systems.


INS Dunagiri’ is the reincarnation of an earlier frigate with the same name, which was part of the six-frigate Leander class. The first two warships of Project 17A – INS Nilgiri and INS Himgiri – were launched in 2019 and 2020 at MDL and GRSE respectively. The third ship, INS Udaygiri, was launched at MDL in May this year. 


In the earlier INS Dunagiri’s 33 years of operational service from May 1977 to Oct 2010, she had witnessed various challenging operations and multinational exercises, said the navy on Thursday.


“The launch of the fourth ship within such a short span is a testimony to the impetus provided towards self-reliant shipbuilding with a focused approach,” said the MoD. 


All the Project 17A guided missile frigates have been designed in-house by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND). The DND has successfully spear-headed the design of numerous classes of indigenous warships in the years gone by.


“This is a testimony of the nation’s unwavering efforts towards ‘Aatmanirbharta’ as 75 per cent of the orders for the warships’ equipment and systems are also being placed on indigenous firms, including MSMEs (medium, small and micro enterprises).


The Nilgiri-class, as the Leander-class frigates are called after the first-of-class vessel, were the first Indian warships that saw the navy carrying out significant levels of design and indigenisation.


The seven Project 17A frigates are the first Indian warships to have incorporated modular shipbuilding technologies, for which MDL and GRSE shipyards have been upgraded at significant cost.

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