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THE TIMES OF INDIA
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014

GRSE delivered 'Made in India' warship MCGS Barracuda (MOPV) on 20 Dec 2014.


REDIFF NEWS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014

This 'Made in India' warship is ready for export

On Saturday, defence shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipyard & Engineers will hand over to Mauritius a 1,300 - tonne offshore patrol vessel named "Barracuda".

This $58 - million (Rs 365 crore) vessel is the first warship ordered by a foreign country from an Indian shipyard.

Meanwhile, GRSE is bidding to build two frigates for the Philippines Navy, for an estimated Rs 1,000 crore each. If GRSE wins that order -- for which major global shi pyards are bidding, including Navantia of Spain, STX of France and Korean majors, Hyundai and Daewoo -- it would be the first time a warship designed and built in India is selected in an international tender.

India has gifted several warships to smaller I ndian Ocean countries such as Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius. It has sold used vessels, such as a Sukanya - class OPV that now serves as the Sri Lankan navy's flagship.

The GRSE is also finalising the design of a series of 140 - tonne Fast Patrol Boats fo r the Vietnam Navy. New Delhi has offered a line of credit to Vietnam for that order.

Yet this is the first time an Indian shipyard has been commissioned to design and build a warship to specifications formulated by a buyer country. This marks an importan t first landmark in the Bharatiya Janata Party - led government's drive to increase defence exports.

According to figures tabled in Parliament on November 28, India's total defence exports were Rs 446.75 crore in 2012 - 13; Rs 686.27 crore in 2013 - 14 and Rs 1 66.67 crore this year, till September 2014. The export of the Barracuda would, therefore, be a significant success.

The need to support defence exports has been understood for some time, with the United Progressive Alliance government formulating a "Defen ce Exports Strategy" and simplifying the procedure for granting export sanctions.

The BJP's election manifesto in 2014 pledged: "We will encourage domestic industry to have a larger share in design and production of military hardware and platforms for bot h domestic use and exports, in a competitive environment."

Senior naval officers have long argued for exporting warships to friendly countries in the Indo - Pacific region. This, they said, would strengthen India's security partnerships, while providing eco nomy of scale to India's warship builders and ancillary companies.

Amongst all three services, the navy has most decisively promoted indigenous warship design and construction. All 41 warships currently on order for the navy are being built in Indian ship yards.

"Building in India provides significant cost advantages like cheaper labour, when compared with most foreign shipyards", points out GRSE chief, Rear Admiral A K Verma (Retired).

As an example of successful indigenisation, Verma points to the Kamor ta - class anti - submarine corvettes that GRSE is building. He says: "The challenge is not just to build warships in India, but to also increase the indigenous content of each vessel. In the Kamorta - class, we have brought the overall indigenous content to abo ut 90 per cent."

Several navy chiefs have lamented the relative failure to indigenise engines, weapons and sensors. Earlier this month, the navy chief, Admiral R K Dhowan estimated the float component of our warships (i.e. the hull) was more than 95 per c ent indigenous; the move component (engine and transmission) was sometimes just 60 per cent; while the high - tech fight component (weapons and sensors) was barely 35 - 40 per cent indigenous.

Even so, the Mauritius coast guard is said to be pleased with the performance of the Barracuda, which has completed a month of sea trials. The GRSE chief says the vessel delivered a top speed of 22.5 knots (42 kilometres an hour), against the customer's requirement of 20 knots (37 kilometres an hour).

The Barracuda has been designed for the usual OPV tasks -- anti - piracy; anti - smuggling; anti - poaching and search and rescue -- as well as additional tasks specified by Mauritius. The additional capabilities include: pollution response; external fire fighting; and the moveme nt by sea of troops.

The Barracuda will be handed over by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh to the Mauritius government at Kolkata on Saturday.


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THE TIMES OF INDIA
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014

GRSE, Kolkata pays Dividend to the Government of India

  • A cheque for Rs 24.77 crore towards Dividend for the Financial Year 2013-14 was handed over to Shri Manohar Parrikar, the Hon'ble Raksha Mantri by Rear Admiral A K Verma , VSM, IN (Retd.) Chairman & Managing Director of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., Kolkata, in the presence of Shri AK Gupta, Special Secretary (Defence Production) and Shri Bharat Harbanslal Khera, Joint Secretary (Naval Systems). GRSE, Kolkata, a Mini Ratna Defence PSU Shipyard, has been paying dividend to the Government exchequer for the last 20 years.


THE TIMES OF INDIA, KOLKATA,
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014

GRSE Ceremony

  • The keel laying ceremony of a class of Water Jet Fast Attack Craft ships was celebrated in the presence of CMD, Rear Admiral A K Verma, VSM, IN (Retd.).


PRABHATKAR,
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014


THE HINDU,
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014

 

GRSE LAUNCHES LANDING CRAFT UTILITY FOR INDIAN NAVY


 

GRSE Chairman Rear Admiral A.K.Verma, VSM, IN (Retd.) has been bestowed with the "Honor of Excellence" Award by the Hon'ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee

  • GRSE Chairman Rear Admiral A.K.Verma, VSM, IN (Retd.) has been bestowed with the "Honor of Excellence" Award by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The Award was bestowed to top industrial leaders, at the inaugural function of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur (West Bengal). The others who were also felicitated on this occasion included Chairmen from SAIL, BHEL, HAL and CMD-TATA Steel, Director General CII, Chairperson - Development Consultant Pvt. Ltd.
 


GRSE has ranked 2nd nationally among Miniratna Companies in the Category of CSR & Sustainability, by a survey conducted by the India Today Group.

 

Commissioning of First indigenous Anti Submarine Warfare Corvette "INS Kamorta" built by GRSE Ltd, Kolkata on 23 Aug 14 at Visakhapatanam

INS Kamorta,first indigenous Anti Submarine Warfare Corvette ship built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata was commissioned by Hon’ble Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley at Visakhapatnam on 23 August14. Admiral Robin K Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff ,Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice Admiral AV Subhedar, CWP&A and Rear Admiral AK Verma (retd), Chairman & Managing Director,GRSE and other senior officials of the Indian Navy were present during the ceremony.

“INS Kamorta”, is the first of the four anti-submarine warfare corvette that GRSE is building for the Indian Navy. “INS Kamorta’ is an extremely versatile ASW platform, 109 meter long, 12.8 meter wide and a deep displacement of approx 3300 tons. The ship’s main role is to protect nation’s maritime interests against possible submarine attack and she is a potent platform for neutralising the enemy submarines using her weapons like torpedoes, rocket launchers and helicopter. The ship has got excellent stealth features which makes her almost invisible to the enemy, both above and below the sea surface. An extremely low radiated underwater noise signature makes her difficult to be detected by sonar, whilst the ‘x’ form of the hull and superstructure gives the ship a low radar cross section. The ship is equipped with total atmospheric control ventilation system making her fully capable to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare environments.

The commissioning of Kamorta is a great testimony of our country’s indigenous shipbuilding capabilities. The ship has got an impressive indigenous content of almost 90%.

While speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister complimented GRSE, Kolkata for building such a fine ship for the Indian Navy with a very high indigenous content. He also expressed nation’s desire for indigenous manufacturer of Arms and defencegoods and impressed upon to reduce our import reliance in this field.

Rear Adm AK Verma, CMD, GRSE while addressing the occasion informed that after completion of modernization, GRSE is now at par with best shipyards of the world and is ready to meet challenges of building technolgically advanced warships for the Indian Navy.

 

 


COMMISSIONING OF 'INS KAMORTA'

THE TIMES OF INDIA, 23 AUG, 2014

 


SUNDAY TIMES, 24 AUG, 2014

 

FIRST INDIGENOUSLY BUILT ANTI SUBMARINE WARFARE CORVETTE BUILT BY GRSE HANDED OVER TO INDIAN NAVY TODAY

Kolkata, Saturday, 12 Jul, 2014

India’s first fully indigenously built major warship, the anti submarine warfare (ASW) corvette - INS Kamorta -was handed over to the Indian Navy by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), here in Kolkata today (July 12, 2014).

The super-sophisticated frontline warship was formally handed over by GRSE Chairman and Managing Director, Rear Admiral (Retd) AK Verma, VSM to the Commanding Officer of the ship Cdr. Manoj Jha at a brief ceremony in the presence of Rear Admiral Atul Khanna, VSM Chief Staff Officer (Technical), Eastern Naval Command and senior officials of the Indian Navy and GRSE.

The significance of the sturdy warship INS Kamorta, first in its class of four ASW corvettes being built by GRSE under Project-28 (P28) for the Indian Navy,stems from the fact that it is the first Indian Naval warship ever built in the country with almost 90% of indigenous content.

INS Kamorta is also the first Naval warship built in the country with indigenously developed special grade high-tensile (DMR249A)steel produced by SAIL (Steel Authority of India). The hull of the shipencompasses the bulk of sensors and weapon systems that are also indigenously manufactured by various IndianIndustries.

The foldable hangar door fitted for the first time with a rail-less helicopter traversing system fitted -- also a noteworthy first on any Naval ship - will give helicopter operations from the corvette decks a significant edge over existing platforms of other warships.

The ASW corvette brings to fruition a significant project in India's pursuit for self-reliance in indigenous warship building, bringing closer home Indian Navy's quest to be a 'Builder's Navy' as well as a true 'Blue-water Navy' with ships and submarines designed and built within the country.

Designed by ‘Directorate of Naval Design’ (DND), the successful construction of ASW corvettes with advanced stealth features also bears testimony to GRSE's growing capabilities in building state-of-the-art naval combatants comparable with the best in the world.

 

Kamorta to join the Navy

The Statesman, Dated 25 Jun, 2014

 

GRSE facilitates training

As part of the tripartite MoU signed on January 9, 2014, between GRSE Ltd, BESU (now IIEST) and Kolkata Police for imparting employment oriented vocational skill training to local youth, 275 youth have undergone vocational training in various trades. Certificates were given to the trainees at IIEST, Shibpur by CMD, GRSE Ltd, Rear Admiral A K Verma, IN (Retd); director (IIEST), prof Ajay Kumar Ray; DCP ( port division), V Solomon Nesakumar, IPS and director (personal), GRSE Ltd, R C Nautiyal.