• Thursday, Aug 10 2017

By Mukesh Kaushik

Mumbai, August, 2017: Reliance Infrastructure subsidiary Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) today launched the first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat.


The two NOPVs, Shachi and Shruti were launched by Smt. Preeti Luthra, wife of Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC; the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command at the RDEL Shipyard Pipavav, Gujarat. The two NOPVs are a part of  five ships under P-21 project being constructed for the Indian Navy by RDEL.


Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited is the first private shipyard in India to obtain defence production license and sign a contract for defence ships in 2011. The company is also engaged in construction of one Training ship and fourteen Fast Petrol Vessels (FPVs) for the Indian Cost Guard.


The five NOPVs being constructed at Reliance Shipyard are patrol ships and are armed with 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) system along with two 30 mm AK-630 guns which provide medium range and short range offensive and defensive capabilities. The armament is remotely controlled through an electronic Fire Control System. The ships are fitted with 20,000 kW diesel engine driven propulsion systems and can deliver speeds upto 25 knots. All ship operations are controlled by an intelligent Integrated Platform Management System which has interfaces for all operational activities on-board the ship.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, mentioned that the launch is a significant and milestone event, as these two NOPVs are the first warships to be launched by a private sector shipyard in India. He further noted that opening up of warship building to the private sector by the Indian Navy is an opportunity that the private sector must make full use of, and is an enabling factor for increased private sector participation in this key area of national capability.


The CinC also complimented RDEL and their workforce, and the Navy’s warship overseeing and Quality Assurance teams, for their perseverance and efforts to reach this important milestone, and mentioned that he looked forward to commissioning of Shachi and Shruti into the Indian Navy in the near future.



RDEL previously has also built ships for varied clients including Ice Bulk Carriers for Norwegian company, Offshore Support Vessels for ONGC and offshore Deck Cargo Barges for NPCC-UAE. The company has also repaired and retrofitted commercial and defence ships as well as mobile oil drilling platforms for international clients.

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