GRSE Celebrates 65th Raising Day

Defence Industry

Kolkata. Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) celebrated its 65th Raising Day, with fervour and excitement. The event witnessed enthusiastic participation from employees across all departments of GRSE, in the presence of Cmde PR Hari, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE, RK Dash, Director (Finance), GRSE, Cdr Shantanu Bose, IN(Retd.), Director (Shipbuilding), DIG Subrato Ghosh, ICG(Retd.), Director (Personnel), GRSE, Abhishek Ranjan, IOFS, CVO, GRSE, and other senior officials of GRSE.

During the event, Cmde PR Hari, CMD, GRSE, unveiled ‘GRSE Varta 2024’, the annual in-house journal of the shipyard. Merit awards were presented to employees’ children, and employees were recognised for their outstanding performance across various categories. Cultural activities performed by employees added to the festive atmosphere of the occasion.

The journey of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., a premier warship building company in India, under the administrative control of Ministry of Defence, a PCMM Level-2 Certified Company, dates back to 1884 when it started its journey as a small workshop to repair vessels of River Steam Navigation Company. The company was taken over by the Government of India in 1960. GRSE has the distinction of becoming the first shipyard of independent India to build a warship for Indian Navy, the Seaward Defence Boat (SDB) INS Ajay, way back in 1961.

GRSE also built the first ever Indian Export Warship “CGS Barracuda” for Government of Mauritius, a Fast Patrol Vessel “SCG PS Zoroaster” for Seychelles and an Ocean-Going Cargo & Passenger Ferry Vessel “MV Ma Lisha” for Cooperative Republic of Guyana. The shipyard was conferred the status of a Miniratna Category I Company in 2006. GRSE has built over 790 platforms including 109 warships for Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, and friendly foreign countries – highest warships built & delivered by any Indian shipyard till date. From Frigates, Corvettes, Fleet Tankers, Landing Ship Tank, Landing Craft Utility to Survey Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels and Fast Attack Craft – the repertoire is rich and varied.

In addition to shipbuilding and ship repair, GRSE is also engaged in engine production and other engineering activities. The engineering division manufactures deck machinery items, pre-fabricated portable steel bridges and marine pumps. Noteworthy accolades include Defence Minister’s Award 2022 in designing the most silent ship for Indian Navy for ASW operation, Defence Minister’s Award for Excellence for In-house design effort for Offshore Patrol Vessel for Government of Mauritius, CGS Barracuda, Best Performing Defence Shipyard of India for four Years in a row.

GRSE embraced infrastructure modernisation over past decades and can undertake concurrent construction of 20 ships at a time. Team of highly skilled design engineers and state of art VR Lab and latest software aid in the in-house design capabilities. With proven credentials, the shipyard is on a growth path, reaffirming its motto “In Pursuit of Excellence and Quality in Shipbuilding.”