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Y 12704 (Visakhapatnam) – Project 15B

Y 12704 (Visakhapatnam):

Y 12704 (Visakhapatnam), the lead ship of Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyers being built at Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL), was delivered to the Indian Navy on 28 October 2021.

  • The contract for four ships of Project 15B, as the Visakhapatnam class ships are known, was signed on 28 January 2011. This project is a follow-on of the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers commissioned in the last decade.
  • Designed by Directorate of Naval Design, Indian Navy’s in-house design organisation; and built by M/s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai; the four ships are christened after major cities from all four corners of the country viz. Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat.
  • The keel of Visakhapatnam was laid in October 2013 and the ship was launched in April 2015.
  • The 163 metres long warship has a full load displacement of 7400 tonnes and maximum speed of 30 knots. The overall indigenous content of the project is approx. 75%.

The destroyer is installed with major indigenous weapons which include:

  • Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (BEL, Bangalore).
  • BrahMos Surface-to-Surface Missiles (BrahMos Aerospace, New Delhi).
  • Indigenous Torpedo Tube Launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai).
  • Anti-Submarine Indigenous Rocket Launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai).
  • 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (BHEL, Haridwar).