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Indian Navy's new stealth frigate 'Taragiri' launched


'Taragiri' – the third stealth frigate of Indian Navy's Project 17A built by Mazagon Docks Ltd., being launched in Mumbai on Sept. 11, 2022. Photo: Indian Navy

MUMBAI (PTI): 'Taragiri' – the third stealth frigate of Indian Navy's Project 17A – was launched in Mumbai on Sunday, the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) said.

The warship has been built using an integrated construction methodology which involves hull block construction in different geographical locations and integration and erection on the slipway at the MDL, the shipbuilder said in a statement.

"In compliance with the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Government of India declaring a state mourning on September 11 (due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II), the event was limited to a technical launch. As the event is tide dependent, any change in the schedule was not possible," the MDL said.

The ship was named by Charu Singh, President, Navy Wives Welfare Association (Western Region), wife of vice admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, FOC-in-C Western Naval Command, who was the chief guest.

The keel of 'Taragiri' was laid on September 10, 2020. The ship is expected to be delivered by August 2025, the statement said.

The vessel is being launched with an approximate launch weight of 3,510 tons. The frigate is designed by Indian Navy's in-house design organization, the Bureau of Naval Design.

The MDL has undertaken the detailed design and construction of the ship which is also overseen by the Warship Overseeing Team (Mumbai).

The total value of Project 17A is around Rs 25,700 crores, the statement said.

The first ship of Project 17A, 'Nilgiri', was launched on September 28, 2019, and is expected to start sea trials in first half of 2024.

The second ship, 'Udaygiri', was launched on May 17 this year. It is expected to start sea trials during the second half of 2024.

The keel of the fourth and final ship was laid on June 28, the statement said.

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