Surat: The Crest of Indian Navy’s latest, indigenous under-construction, guided missile destroyer, ‘Surat’, was unveiled by Bhupendra Patel, the Chief Minister of Gujarat in presence of Adm R Hari Kumar, the Chief of the Naval Staff, at a ceremony held in the city of Surat on November 6, 2023.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh had earlier launched this warship on March 17, 2022 at Mumbai.
Amongst the latest frontline ‘Warship Projects’ under construction, the ‘Project 15B’ programme involves construction of four next generation stealth guided missile destroyers, of which ‘Surat’ is the fourth and the last ship.
The destroyer is presently under construction at the Mazagon Docks Shipbuilders Ltd. Mumbai. Construction of this warship testifies the nation’s dedication to indigenous cutting-edge warship building technology and commitment to strategic military advancements.
It Is a well-known fact that the city of Surat was the most important maritime trade link between India and many other countries from the 16th to the 18th century. The city was also a flourishing centre for ship building activities and the vessels built in Surat, during this period, were especially renowned for their longevity as some ships continued to be in service for more than 100 years. It is a maritime tradition and a naval custom according to which many of the Indian naval ships have been named after prominent cities of our nation.
Indian Navy in a statement said, it is immensely proud of naming its latest and technologically the most advanced warship after the city of Surat. This is the first warship to be named after a city of Gujarat and this is also the first time that unveiling of the crest of a warship is being undertaken in the very city after which it has been named.
The ceremony for unveiling the crest was conducted under the aegis of Western Naval Command by Gujarat Naval Area.