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Wednesday 10 April 2024

Construction of five fleet support ships for the Indian Navy begins at Hindustan Shipyard

The fleet support ships will enhance the navy's strategic reach and, in a secondary role, enable HADR missions


By Ajai Shukla

Business Standard, 11th Apr 24


In a ceremony redolent with the spirit of “atmanirbhar bharat” (self-reliant India), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), Visakhapatnam held a “steel cutting ceremony” on Wednesday for the first of five Fleet Support Ships (FSS) it is building for the Indian Navy.


These five 44,000-tonne vessels will be the first-of-their kind to be built in India by an Indian Shipyard. This project is expected to generate employment of nearly 168.8 lakh man-days over a period of eight years. 


HSL, Visakhapatnam will build the five FSS at an overall cost of approximately Rs 19,000 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Security had approved this acquisition on August 16, 2023.


The terms of the contract require the ships to be delivered to the Indian Navy, commencing in mid-2027.


On induction, the FSSs’ capability for replenishment of fleet warships at sea will bolster the navy’s blue water capability and its strategic reach. The FSS ships, will carry and supply the fighting warships with large quantities of fuel, water, ammunition and stores.


This will enable the navy to carry out prolonged operations for extended durations without returning to harbour, thus enhancing the Fleet’s strategic reach and mobility


As a secondary role, the FSS ships will be equipped for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, such as evacuating personnel from emergency situations. This would also enable the quick delivery of relief material at the site of natural calamities.


The Indian Navy has always maintained such a capability, enabling it to respond to disaster situations such as the Indian Ocean tsunami on December 2004.


“With a completely indigenous design and sourcing of majority of the equipment from indigenous manufacturers, this shipbuilding project will boost the Indian shipbuilding Industry. It is also in consonance with the government of India (GoI)c initiatives of Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India), Make in India and Make for the World,” stated the MoD on Wednesday.


HSL chief, Commodore Hemant Khatri (Retired), said the construction of FSS  provides business to nearly 550 medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs) in and around Visakhapatnam and employment to over 3,000 personnel. 

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