Continuing with the stellar efforts in indigenous design & production of warships, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd., (GRSE), a leading warship building Mini Ratna Category 1 Defence PSU of India, laid the Keel of 3rd Survey Vessel Large (SVL) and 1st Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASWSWC).
The Keel of both ships were laid in the august presence of Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, Vice Chief of Naval Staff through an e-ceremony. Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh, CWP&A, Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE, Rear Admiral GK Harish, DGND, Cmde Khetan, IN (Retd.) Head, Shipbuilding Business, L&T, Cmde Sanjeev Nayyar, IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding), GRSE, Cmde PR Hari, IN (Retd), Director (Personnel), GRSE, and RK Dash, Director (Finance), GRSE and Senior Officials of Indian Navy & GRSE graced the occasion.
GRSE bagged both the contracts for construction of SVLs & ASWSWCs on competitive bidding and design for both has been accomplished by the in-house Design Team of GRSE.
Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, in his address said, “I am glad to know that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, both the projects are progressing very well and I am confident that GRSE having expertise in design and construction of various types of ships for the Indian Navy, will ensure the timely delivery to maritime forces.
Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd), CMD, GRSE stated that GRSE’s achievement of these major milestones has been made possible due to dedicated and untiring efforts of Team GRSE and synergy among all stakeholders.
The Survey Vessel is the 3rd of the four ships being built by GRSE under the SVL project. The vessels are capable of full scale coastal & deep water hydrographic survey with their advanced survey equipment. The Vessels are 110m Long with a Deep Displacement of 3300 Tons and accommodation of 231 Personnel. They are designed for a cruising speed of 16 knots with an in-house Hull Form Design of GRSE that imparts a superior level of operational efficiency. The Hull form of these new generations Survey Vessel meets the stringent sea keeping and maneuvering requirements including Helicopter Operations at high sea states. The vessels are propelled by two marine diesel engines and also have bow & stern thrusters for maneuvering at low speeds during surveys. The ships are being built & outfitted as per the applicable provisions & regulations of the classification society.
This ASWSWC is the 1st of the eight vessels being built by GRSE. The Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts are designed for a Deep Displacement of 750 Tons, Speed of 25 Knots and Complement of 57 and capable of full scale Sub Surface Surveillance of Coastal Waters, SAU and Coordinated ASW operations with Aircraft. These Vessels are propelled by Water Jets capable of reaching maximum speed of 25 Knots and are compact and loaded with anti-submarine weapons (light weight torpedoes, ASW rockets and mines).The in-house design team overcame the challenges posed due to the stringent radiated noise & magnetic signature limits for these vessels.