GRSE Launches first ship Arnala of the ASW SWC Vessel Project

Arnala’, the first of 8th ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) SWC Project, being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata for the Indian Navy was launched on 20 Dec 22 at M/s Larsen and Tourbo (L&T), Kattupalli, Chennai. The contract for building eight ASW SWC ships was signed between MoD and GRSE, Kolkata on 29 Apr 19, 2022. The ASW SWC ships will have over 80% indigenous content, ensuring that large scale defence production is executed by Indian manufacturing units thereby generating employment and capability build up within the country.

Arnala class of ships will replace the Abhay class ASW Ships of Indian Navy and are designed to undertake anti-submarine operations in coastal waters and Low Intensity Maritime Operations (LIMO) including subsurface surveillance in littoral waters. The 77.6m ASW SWC ships have a displacement of 900 tons with a maximum speed of 25 knots and endurance of 1800 NM.