Keel laid for Seventh Project of P17A class frigates
On 28 Jun 22 Rear Admiral GK Harish, Director General Naval Design (Surface Ship Group) of the Indian Navy laid the keel for the seventh ship (Y- 12654) of the prestigious P17A class at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd., Mumbai. Senior Indian Navy and MDL officials attended the ceremony. The keel laying is a major milestone in ship construction, symbolizing the start of the erection process.
Seven frigates under P17A class are being built, four at MDL and three in GRSE with MDL as lead yard. P17A class frigates are being built with indigenous steel and equipped with weapons, sensors, and an Integrated Platform Management System. The construction of these vessels is a major boost for AatmaNirbhar Bharat and India’s Make in India commitment, with orders for equipment and systems from indigenous firms including MSMEs, with local content equal to 75%.
A P17A ship is constructed with the latest technology of ‘Integrated Construction (IC),’ where the blocks are pre-assembled before joining in order to reduce the construction time of warships. When commissioned the platforms will enhance the combat capability of the Indian Naval fleet.