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Time ripe for indigenous warships: Naval Chief

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma, during the ceremonial parade in honour of his maiden visit to Mumbai after taking over as the Navy Chief, at INS Shikra, in Mumbai on Friday. Image Credit: PTI

MUMBAI (PTI): Naval Chief Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma Friday said a serious relook at the inefficiencies of Navy is required and an indigenous warship building system needs to be conceptualised.

"Indian Navy is poised for growth and the time to conceptualise an indigenous warship building system has come.

Also, a serious relook at the inefficiencies of Navy is required," Verma said at the launch of warship INS Kochi, a Delhi-class destroyer, at the Mazgaon dock in south Mumbai.

Verma said, "Fluctuating funding in the past has compelled the Navy to resort to (warship) building in abroad, but now there is an urgent need to emulate worldwide trends in warship building (in the country)."

The 6,500-tonne INS Kochi, launched by Verma's wife Madulika, is the second warship in the 'Project 15-A' under which three guided-missile destroyers with stealth and multi-role features will be built.

"The destroyer has been launched using pontoon-assisted technique, employed for the first time in the history of indigenous warship building. The technique helps in overcoming slipway constraints which hinder heavier vessel movement into deeper waters for fitting its superstructures such as decks," chairman and managing director of Mazgaon Dock H S Malhi said.

INS Kochi has advanced stealth features that make it less vulnerable to detection by enemy radar. Its weapons system include nuclear capable supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile.

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