Steel Cutting ceremony of third Cadet Training Ship of Indian Navy held at L&T Shipyard

The Steel Cutting ceremony of the third Cadet Training Ship (Yard-18005) of the Indian Navy was held at M/s L&T Shipyard, Kattupalli, on 20 April 2024.

Notably, the contract for indigenous design and construction of three Cadet Training Ships was concluded between the Ministry of Defence (MoD), India and M/s L&T in March 2023.

The ceremony was presided by Shri Giridhar Aramane, Defence Secretary in the presence of Mr Arun Ramchandani, Executive Vice President, L&T Precision Engineering & System other senior officials from Indian Navy and M/s L&T were present for the occasion.

Noteworthy, these Cadet Training Ships will be utilised for training officer cadets at sea after their basic training ashore.

Further, these ships will also extend training facilities to cadets from friendly foreign countries.

These ships are likely to be delivered to Indian Navy commencing September 2026.

This is yet another significant milestone in Indian Navy’s pursuit towards indigenous shipbuilding and is in consonance with Government of India’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Worth mentioning that the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP 2012-27) envisages a force level of three Cadet Training Ships for Indian Navy.