RAKSHA MANTRI LAUNCHES NAVY'S FIRST STEALTH FRIGATE, COMMISSIONS LARGEST DRY DOCK AND WITNESSES PROWESS OF WESTERN FLEET
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh during his visit to the Western Naval Command this week, launched INS ‘Nilgiri’, the first of the Navy’s seven new stealth frigates, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai and commissioned the largest dry dock of Indian Navy—The Aircraft Carrier Dock at the Naval Dockyard. He also spent a “day at sea” onboard INS Vikramaditya off the Goa coast. Speaking on these occasions he said that the Government was making concerted efforts to modernise the Navy and equip it with the best platforms, weapons and sensors to deal with any conventional and unconventional threats to India’s maritime interests. Saying that “any credible defence of a country is based on the indigenous defence capability”, Shri Rajnath Singh emphasised on ‘Make in India’ and ‘Design and Make in India’ with regard to defence equipment. On board INS Vikramaditya, he witnessed a wide range of naval operations including weapon firing by the fighter aircraft and night flying operations by helicopter, surface shoots, Missile and Rocket firing by various ships Replenishment with multiple ships and submarines operations.