In News: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh today commissioned INS Mormugao into the Indian Navy.
- It is a P15B stealth-guided missile destroyer.
- It is the second of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers that has been designed by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau.
- It has over 75% indigenous content and was built by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.
- It is equipped with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles besides modern surveillance radar that provides target data to the weapon systems.
- The warship, measuring 163 metres by 17 metres, displacement of 7300 tonnes
- It is named after the historic port city of Mormugao in Goa.
- Propelled by four powerful gas turbines, the warship can achieve speeds of over 30 knots.
- It is said to feature state-of-the-art weapons, stealth features and sensors.
- It has a total atmospheric control system (TACS) that protects crew from nuclear, biological, and chemical threats.
- It undertook its first sea sortie in 2021, marking 60 years of Goa’s liberation from Portuguese rule.
- INS Vishakhapatnam was commissioned into the Navy in 2021.
Previous Year Questions
Q.1) Which one of the following is the best description of ‘INS Astradharini’, that was in the news recently? (2016)
- Amphibious warfare ship
- Nuclear-powered submarine
- Torpedo launch and recovery vessel
- Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier