Delivery of Y 12704 (Visakhapatnam) first ship of Project 15B

October 31, 2021 Photo(s): By PRO (Navy)
First Ship of Project 15B, Yard 12704 (Visakhapatnam) stealth guided missile destroyer.

Y 12704 (Visakhapatnam), the lead ship of Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyers being built at Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL), was delivered to the Indian Navy on October 28, 2021. The contract for four ships of Project 15B, as the Visakhapatnam class ships are known, was signed on January 28, 2011. This project is a follow-on of the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers commissioned in the last decade.

Designed by Directorate of Naval Design, Indian Navy’s in-house design organisation; and built by M/s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai; the four ships are christened after major cities from all four corners of the country viz. Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat.

The keel of Visakhapatnam was laid in October 2013 and the ship was launched in April 2015. The design has largely maintained the hull form, propulsion machinery, many platform equipment and major weapons & sensors as the Kolkata class to benefit from series production.
First Ship of Project 15B, Yard 12704 (Visakhapatnam) stealth guided missile destroyer built by Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL), delivered to the Indian Navy.

The 163 metres long warship has a full load displacement of 7400 tonnes and maximum speed of 30 knots. The overall indigenous content of the project is approx. 75%. Apart from myriad indigenous equipment in the ‘Float’ and ‘Move’ categories, the destroyer is also installed with major indigenous weapons which include: -

  1. Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (BEL, Bangalore).
  2. BrahMos Surface-to-Surface Missiles (BrahMos Aerospace, New Delhi).
  3. Indigenous Torpedo Tube Launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai).
  4. Anti-Submarine Indigenous Rocket Launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai).
  5. 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (BHEL, Haridwar).

The delivery of Visakhapatnam is an affirmation of the impetus being given by the Government of India and the Indian Navy towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ as part of 75 years of Indian Independence. The induction of the destroyer, despite the COVID challenges, is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of large number of stake holders and would enhance the maritime prowess of the country in the Indian Ocean Region.