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India Bolsters Naval Power with First Fleet Support Ship Under Construction

India Bolsters Naval Power with First Fleet Support Ship Under Construction
  • Marking a significant milestone, India commenced construction of its first Fleet Support Ship (FSS) on April 10, 2024, at Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Visakhapatnam. The ceremony was graced by the presence of Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane, alongside other dignitaries from the Indian Navy and HSL.
  • Contracted in August 2023, five FSS are planned for delivery by mid-2027. These state-of-the-art vessels will be instrumental in enhancing the Indian Navy's "Blue Water" capabilities. They will function as mobile replenishment units, providing essential supplies like fuel, water, ammunition, and stores to naval fleets at sea. This eliminates the need for frequent port calls, extending operational range and ensuring greater mobility.
  • Furthermore, the FSS will be equipped for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. They can facilitate swift personnel evacuations during emergencies and deliver critical relief materials in the aftermath of natural disasters.
  • This project is a major win for Indian self-reliance. The design and a majority of the equipment for the FSS are indigenous, significantly boosting the domestic shipbuilding industry. This aligns perfectly with the Government of India's initiatives like Aatmanirbhar Bharat ("Self-reliant India"), Make in India, and Make for the World, promoting domestic manufacturing and technological prowess.

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Published date : 11 Apr 2024 05:19PM

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