19th December, is perhaps the most befitting date for the ship to put onto sea as today the nation celebrates 60 years of Goa’s liberation from Portuguese rule. The Indian Navy played a pivotal role in the liberation and dedicating the ship’s name to the maritime state of Goa will not just enhance the bonding between the Indian Navy and the people of Goa, but also link the ship’s identity permanently to the crucial role the Navy played in our nation-building.
Mormugao is being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDSL) as part of the Project 15B destroyers. The ship incorporates several niche indigenous technologies and is a shining example of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ She has provided thrust and impetus to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, as well. It is envisaged that Mormugao will add significantly to the Indian Navy’s combat capabilities. With the recent commissioning in November 2021 of INS Visakhapatnam and the fourth P-75 submarine INS Vela, commencement of sea trials of Mormugao is testimony to the cutting-edge capabilities of MDSL and the strong indigenous shipbuilding tradition of a modern and vibrant India, as a nation.
The author is a Delhi-based, DCC qualified, defence beat writer and independent contributor to print and online publications
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