Launch of ‘AMINI’, Fourth Ship of Asw Swc Project

  • ‘Amini’, the 4th of 08 x ASW Shallow Water Craft (SWC) Project.
  • Built by M/s GRSE for Indian Navy.
  • Launched on 16 Nov 23.
  • At M/s L&T, Kattupalli.
  • Launch Ceremony presided over by vadm Sandeep Naithani, Chief of Materiel.
  • In keeping with maritime tradition, Mrs Manju Naithani launched to the invocation from Atharva Veda.
  • Named Amini to signify the strategic maritime importance accorded to the island of Amini at Lakshadweep, located about 400 Km west of Kochi.
  • Contract build eight ASW SWC ships was signed between mod and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata on 29 Apr 19.
  • Four ships are built at GRSE, Kolkata and balance four ships sub-contracted to M/s L&T Shipbuilding, Kattupalli for hull and part outfitting.
  • Arnala class of ships will replace the in-service Abhay class ASW Corvettes of Indian Navy.
  • They are designed to undertake anti-submarine operations in coastal waters, as also Low Intensity Maritime operations (LIMO) and Mine Laying Operations.
  • The 77m long ASW SWC ships with a displacement of 900 tons have a maximum speed of 25 knots and endurance of approx 1800 NM.
  • First ship of the project is planned to be delivered in early 2024.
  • The ASW SWC ships will have over 80% indigenous content.
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