Launch of 5th and 6th Ship of ASW Shallow Water Craft Project of Indian Navy

‘Agray’ and ‘Akshay’, the 5th and 6th ships of 08 x ASW Shallow Water Craft (SWC) Project being built by M/S GRSE for Indian Navy, were launched on 13 Mar 24 at M/S Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd is the premier Warship building Company in India, under the administrative control of Ministry of Defence, India.

Notably, the Launch Ceremony was presided over by Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari, Chief of the Air staff.

In keeping with maritime tradition, Mrs Neeta Chaudhari, President AFFWA, launched the ships to the invocation from Atharva Veda.

The ships have been rechristened as Agray and Akshay, named after erstwhile Abhay Class Corvettes Agray and Akshay of Indian Navy.

Noteworthy, the contract for building eight ASW SWC ships was signed between MOD and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata on 29 Apr 19.

Also, to be noted that the Arnala class of ships will replace the in-service Abhay class ASW Corvettes of Indian Navy and are designed to undertake anti-submarine operations in coastal waters, Low Intensity Maritime Operations (LIMO) and Mine Laying Operations.

The ASW SWC ships are 77.6 m long & 105 m wide with a displacement of 900 tons and endurance of over 1800 NM

In the last one year, 03 indigenously built warships/ submarine for Indian Navy have been delivered and a total of 09 warships were launched.

The launch of two more ships of the project highlights the nation’s resolve towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in shipbuilding.

Moreover, the first ship of the project is planned to be delivered during the first half of 2024.

Further, the ASW SWC ships will have over 80% indigenous content, thereby ensuring that large scale defence production is executed by Indian manufacturing units, generating employment and capability enhancement within the country.