Keel Laying of the First Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel for Indian Navy held at Goa Shipyard

Keel laying ceremony of the first Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (NGOPV) (ex-GSL), being built for Indian Navy was held at Goa Shipyard Ltd, Goa on 03 May 24.

Notably, the ceremony was presided by VAdm B Siva Kumar, Controller Warship Production & Acquisition in presence of Shri B K Upadhyay, Chairman & Managing Director, GSL and other senior officials from Indian Navy and M/s GSL.

Earlier on 30 May 2023, the contracts for indigenous design and construction of 11 Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPV) were concluded between Indian Defence Ministry and M/s Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), Goa and M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

Noteworthy, seven ships are to be constructed by Lead Shipyard M/s GSL, while four ships by Follow Shipyard M/s GRSE.

Worth mentioning that the NGOPVs will be utilised for performing missions such as Anti-Piracy, Coastal Defence & Surveillance, Search & Rescue and Protection of Offshore Assets.

Further, these ships will enable Indian Navy to maintain its combat capability to protect the economic and geopolitical interests of the nation in the Indian Ocean Region.

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