Kolkata: Maintaining the best of the maritime traditions, the third (3rd) Survey Vessel (Large) – Yard No 3027, built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd, was launched today by Madhumati Hampiholi, President NWWA (SR). This is the third vessel in a series of four such ships built by GRSE for the Indian Navy.
Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, AVSM, NM, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command, was the Chief Guest at the event.
Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh, AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition, Vice Admiral Adhir Arora, NM, Chief Hydrographer, Cmde P R Hari IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE, Cdr S Bose, IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding), GRSE, other Senior Officials of GRSE, L&T and Indian Armed Forces also witnessed the ceremony.
Prior launch, the vessel was named “INS Ikshak” and once delivered, this Ship would play a vital role in charting the seas and safe guarding India’s maritime assets as a part of the Indian Navy.
The latest Survey Vessels (Large) series built by GRSE are far more advanced than the earlier survey ships in the Indian Navy’s fleet. These modern, indigenously developed 110-metre long and 16-metres wide vessels have a displacement of nearly 3,400 tonnes and can attain a top speed of 18 knots with an endurance of 6,500 nautical miles.
Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, in his address, congratulated GRSE on this achievement and commended the shipyard for achieving this launch which epitomizes the stakeholders’ positive spirit and enthusiasm. He said “GRSE has an excellent legacy of ship building for over six decades and in over six decades they have, I am given to understand, delivered close to 800 ships of various hues- big and small of which over 100 of them have been delivered to the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, the friendly foreign counties like Mauritius, Seychelles and the like. So far as the Indian Navy is concerned, GRSE has delivered ships ranging from Fast Attack Crafts, Landing Craft Utilities & Survey Vessels which would be delivered shortly. Corvettes, Frigates and indeed a Fleet Tanker too. It only speaks volumes of their diversification and their abilities, having established and niche capabilities of shipbuilding in the country. I’m sanguine that GRSE will only scale to much greater heights and keep up with the vision of being a world leader in building state-of-the-art ships for the country and perhaps the world over times to come. It is extremely heartening to see this collaboration approach by GRSE which speaks volumes of PPP between two entities harnessing the best practices, experiences, knowledge and expertise between the two and is indeed the way to go.”
In his speech during the ceremony, Cmde PR Hari IN (Retd), CMD, GRSE said “As on date GRSE is constructing 15 Warships for the Indian Navy including the Shallow Water Craft Project, the P17 A Project and the Survey Vessel (Large) Project. Considering the growth aspirations of the Indian Navy and orders that are likely to be on the anvil in the coming years, we are very confident that our numbers of 70 deliveries as on date for the Indian Navy, shall touch the Century Mark during the current decade itself. This unique Public Private Partnership Model has stabilized and in GRSEs appreciation, this PPP model is something the nation needs today, where the resident expertise and experience of the Public Sector Shipyards has been married to the operation flexibility of the Private Shipyards, resulting in what the nation needs, Ships on time and with Quality.”
Further, these ships are now being built using the ‘Integrated Construction’ concept, through which maximum pre-outfitting is carried out at the block stage.
In the 80s, a series of six hydrographic survey vessels were delivered by GRSE to the Indian Navy. The first of them INS Sandhayak was decommissioned in 2021 after serving for 40 years. The new INS Sandhayak of four SVL ships was launched by GRSE in December 2021. Another Survey Ship of the Sandhayak Class, INS Nirdeshak was decommissioned in 2014 after 31 years of glorious service. The second ship of this series INS Nirdehsak, was launched by GRSE in May 2022.
Recently, GRSE became the only PSU Shipyard to receive Raksha Mantri’s Award 2022 for Excellence in Defence and Aerospace Sector during DefExpo 2022.
GRSE is the only shipyard in the country to have built and delivered 105 warships to the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. The shipyard has also exported two warships to Mauritius and Seychelles. In keeping with the Atmanirbhar Bharat theme, GRSE has achieved nearly 90% indigenisation on warships delivered, including ASW Corvettes and LCUs. At the moment, GRSE is working on 24 vessels and seven of these are for exports.