To enhance maritime security, Rajnath Singh launches Y-3023 Dunagiri

The security challenges in the Indian Ocean region and Indo-Pacific are constantly increasing, according to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. To achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Vision of SAGAR, which is Security and Growth for All in the Region, and to protect, preserve and promote India’s National Maritime Interests, the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and other organizations need to increase infrastructure and assets so that India stays ahead of the curve. The minister said this at the launching of the Y- 3023 Dunagiri, developed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders Limited (GRSE) as part of the Project 17A frigate program.

During the event, Minister Singh commended the Directorate of Naval Design and other Naval Teams for their efforts in realizing the Nation’s desire for self-reliance in warship building. He also commended GRSE for its unwavering support in the field of ship production despite various challenges and for helping the Indian Navy achieve its ship induction goals. It will be a world-class stealth frigate capable of destroying enemies on land, in the air, and underwater, Mr Singh said.

As we celebrate the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and remember the brave sons of Bengal, Jatindranath Mukherjee, Khudiram Bose and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Mr Singh also recalled their contributions to our nation. Furthermore, he praised the role of brave Bengali women like Bina Das, and many more, who brought laurels not only to Bengal, but to the entire nation.

With improved stealth features, advanced weapons and sensors, and platform management systems, P17A Frigates are the follow-on class to the P17 (Shivalik Class) Frigates. Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL) and GRSE are building seven P17A Frigates in various stages of construction. Several senior officers of the Indian Navy and the Ministry of Defence attended the ceremony, including Admiral Hari Kumar, Chief of Naval Staff.