New Delhi: India will soon issue a Request of Proposal for the construction of six advanced submarines for the India Navy to enhance its maritime power.
This proposal given by the Indian Navy was also approved by the Defence Acquisition Council under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. In a meeting chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, this project of Rs 50,000 crore has been approved. The project has been entrusted to indigenous company Mazagon Docks Limited and L&T.
A warship of the Indian Navy, INS Sandhayak, is retiring today. The ship has been retired after 40 years of service. It was conceived by former Rear Admiral FL Fraser. Its construction work was started in 1978. The ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy on February 26, 1981 by Vice Admiral MK Roy.
The decommissioning ceremony of INS Sandhayak will be held at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam. Due to coronavirus protocol, only in-station officers and sailors will be able to attend this important ceremony. The coronavirus protocol will be strictly followed during the program.
The ship was envisioned by the then Chief Hydrographer, Rear Admiral FL Fraser, who also designed and built this hydrographic survey vessel in India. After the design was finalized by the Naval Headquarters, the construction of this ship started in the year 1978 at GRSE Kolkata by laying the keel.
It is worth noting that the Indian Navy has been trying to ensure for a long time that its fleet of warships should be the best in the world. For this it is necessary that the Indian Navy should have ships and submarines equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
This becomes even more important in view of the fact India’s giant neighbor and main adversary China and bitter rival Pakistan are increasing their military capability. China has been helping Pakistan to increase its military strength.
A strong Indian Navy is even more important for India given the fact that it has to counter the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy of China in the Indian Ocean and the wider Indo-Pacific region.