Steel Cutting Ceremony of Indian Navy held at HSL Vishakapatnam

In August 2023, the Indian Navy signed a contract with HSL for the purchase of five Fleet Support Ships.

Steel Cutting Ceremony of Indian Navy held at HSL Vishakapatnam

The first of five Fleet Support Ships (FSS) had its 'Steel Cutting' ceremony at Hindustan Shipyard Limited in Visakhapatnam, in the presence of Shri Giridhar Aramane, Defence Secretary.

Vice-Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Cmde Hemant Khatri (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, HSL, and other senior officials from Indian Navy and HSL were present for the occasion.

 

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In August 2023, the Indian Navy signed a contract with HSL for the purchase of five Fleet Support Ships. These ships are expected to be delivered to the Navy starting from mid-2027. Once inducted, the Fleet Support Ships will augment the 'Blue Water' capabilities of the Indian Navy by replenishing the fleet ships while at sea. These ships will transport and deliver fuel, water, ammunition, and stores, enabling extended operations without having to return to the harbor. This will enhance the fleet's strategic reach and mobility.

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In a secondary role, these ships would be equipped for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief operations for evacuation of personnel in emergencies and quick delivery of relief material at the site during natural calamities.

This shipbuilding project has been designed entirely in India, and most of the equipment has been sourced from domestic manufacturers. It is expected to give a significant boost to the Indian Shipbuilding Industry and aligns with the Government of India's initiatives such as Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Make in India, and Make for the World.

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