- The Trophy for the Best Performing Defence Shipyard was handed over by Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri to Rear Admiral AK Verma, VSM, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., Kolkata, at a glittering ceremony held today, 27 Jan 2016 at DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi. The Chiefs of all three Services, Secretary (Defence Production), Secretary (R&D) and senior officials from OFB and Defence PSUs graced the occasion. Cmde R Ghosh (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding), GRSE, Shri RC Nautiyal, Director (Personnel), GRSE and Shri SS Dogra, Director (Finance), GRSE, were also present to receive the Trophy.
Two Trophies were awarded to GRSE, Kolkata today, one each for the year 2012-13 and 2013-14. GRSE had previously won the Best Performing Defence Shipyard Trophy for the years 2010-11 and 2011-12 as well. Thus, GRSE, Kolkata has now won this Trophy for four years in a row.
There are four defence shipyards under the administrative control of Ministry of Defence. These are Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd., (Mumbai), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., (Kolkata), Goa Shipyard Ltd., (Goa) and Hindustan Shipyard Ltd., (Visakhapatnam). The Best Performing Defence Shipyard Trophy is awarded to one of above four shipyards, based on the performance achieved during the financial year. GRSE, Kolkata has bagged the trophy for the last four years, based on its consistently good performance.
GRSE achieved another major milestone on 12 Mar 2015, when CGS "Barracuda" an Off-shore Patrol Vessel built by GRSE was commissioned into Mauritius Coast Guard at Port Louis by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Hon'ble Prime Minister of Mauritius Sir Aneroodh Jagnauth. This was a historic day for the entire nation since CGS Barracuda was the first ever warship to be built and exported by India.
INS Kadmatt, an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette indigenously built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata was commissioned into Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam recently on 07 Jan 2016. Previously, INS Kamorta, the First of Class ASW Corvette built by GRSE was commissioned in Aug 2014. The basic design for these ships was developed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and the detailed design was made by the in-house design department of GRSE, Kolkata.