Ms Mamatha M, the wife of Minister of State for Defence, Dr MM Pallam Raju, unveils the plaque for INS Kamorta
INS Kamorta, the first Project 28 anti-submarine corvette in the water after its launch at GRSE today
INS Kamorta, just before its launch at GRSE
Defence Press Release
Mrs Mamatha M, wife of Shri MM Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, today launched first of its kind Anti Submarine Warfare(ASW) Corevette at GRSE shipyard in Kolkata. Shri MM Pallam Raju, Mr Asim Kr Dasgupta, Hon’ble Minister of Finance & Excise, Govt of West Bengal, Shri RK Singh, Secretary of Defence Productions and Vice Admiral Anup Singh were present on this occasion.
The ASW Corvette belongs to the Kamorta Class of Warships with Anti Submarine Warfare capability and very low signature of radiated under water noise. This Corvette is designated to be a frontline warship for the Indian Navy. This ship is equipped with Sophisticated arrangement for mounting Ships machinery. The weapon Systems and sensor suits of this ship are fully indigenous. The ‘X’ form of hull and superstructure gives her a low radar cross section. The Ship’s hull form has overall length of 109 mtrs and can cut through the sea at a very high speed of 25 knots. She is built with special grade high tensile steel.
The propulsion system of the ship typifies power combined with flexibility and consists of two controllable pitch propellers. It has four indigenously made Diesel engines each of 3800 kw. The ASW Corvette is 13.7 mtrs wide. Four ASW Corvettes are presently under construction at GRSE.
The launching of this ship marked the completion of 50 years of GRSE’s glorious existence. Though it was set up in year 1884 as a private enterprise named Garden Reach Workshop Ltd, it was taken over by the Govt of India and placed under administrative control of Min of Defence in 1960. Since then the company has come a long way with steady expansion of infrastructure, keeping pace with time and catering to defence preparedness of the country.
Today the ship yard has six manufacturing units in and around Kolkata and one at Ranchi. GRSE is committed to building warships of highest standards for Indian Navy and Coast Guard. The Company is modernizing its infrastructure at an estimated cost of over 530 crores rupees. This includes building a large Dry Dock and an inclined berth, a 250 tonnes Goliath Crane and modular halls with allied workship facilities.