Indian Navy receives second destroyer P15B “Mormugao”

The Indian Navy has received its second P15B stealth guided missile destroyer from local firm Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.

The deliverywhich took place on Thursday, was part of a 2011 agreement to develop four ships under the Project 15V Navy.

The first ship of the INS Visakhapatnam project has been in service with the Indian Navy since last year.

Two more P15B destroyers, named after major Indian cities, are expected to enter service by 2023.

Features and capabilities

The P15B Mormugao is 163 meters long and has a gross displacement of 7,400 tons when fully loaded.

It can travel at a maximum speed of 30 knots (55 kilometers / 34 mph).

The ship is equipped with its own weapons and equipment such as medium-range surface-to-air missiles, BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles and 76 mm Super Rapid gun mounts.

It also has launchers for domestically produced torpedo tubes and anti-submarine missiles.

According to the Indian Navy, the P15B destroyers offer improved survivability, seaworthiness, stealth and maneuverability.

They will be able to carry and operate up to two multi-role helicopters.

The development of the four ships under Project 15B is part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, which aims to make the country self-reliant in defence. Indian Navy receives second destroyer P15B “Mormugao”

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