Three Anti- Submarine Shallow Water Craft Ships Launched

  • Mahe, Malvan and Mangrol are the first three ships of the 08 x ASW Shallow Water Craft project.
  • They are being built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, Kochi for the Indian Navy.
  • The Mahe class ASW Shallow Water Crafts have been named after ports of strategic importance along the coast of India.
  • They will work as minesweepers.
  • The contract for building eight ASW SWC ships was signed between the Ministry of Defence and Cochin Shipyard Limited on 30 Apr 19.
  • They will be equipped with indigenously developed, state-of-the-art underwater sensors.
  • They can undertake anti-submarine operations in coastal waters, Low-Intensity Maritime Operations (LIMO) and Mine Laying Operations.
  • The ships are 78 m long and displacement is approx 900 tons, with a maximum speed of 25 knots.
  • The first ship of the project is planned to be delivered in 2024.
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