On 16th November 2023, a significant milestone in India’s naval capabilities was achieved as ‘Amini,’ the fourth of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASW SWC) Project, was successfully launched at M/s L&T Shipbuilding in Kattupalli. The Launch Ceremony, presided over by Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani, Chief of Materiel, showcased the culmination of efforts towards indigenous shipbuilding.
The Significance of Amini
- In adherence to maritime traditions, Mrs. Manju Naithani played a crucial role in launching the ship.
- The vessel was named ‘Amini’ to underscore the strategic maritime importance attributed to the island of Amini in Lakshadweep, positioned about 400 kilometers west of Kochi.
- The contract for constructing eight ASW SWC ships was formalized between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, on April 29, 2019.
- This innovative build strategy involves four ships being constructed at GRSE, Kolkata, while the remaining four are subcontracted to M/s L&T Shipbuilding, Kattupalli, specifically for hull and part outfitting.
Purpose and Capabilities
- Belonging to the Arnala class of ships, these vessels are designed to replace the existing Abhay class ASW Corvettes of the Indian Navy.
- Their primary functions include anti-submarine operations in coastal waters, as well as engaging in Low Intensity Maritime Operations (LIMO) and Mine Laying Operations.
- With a length of 77 meters, a displacement of 900 tons, and a maximum speed of 25 knots, the ASW SWC ships boast an impressive endurance of approximately 1800 nautical miles.
- Emphasizing India’s progress in indigenous shipbuilding, the launch of the third ship of the same class took place on June 13, 2023, at M/s L&T, Kattupalli.
- The successful launch of four ships within a year exemplifies India’s commitment to the vision of AatmaNirbhar Bharat, or self-reliant India.
- The initial ship of the ASW SWC project is slated for delivery in early 2024, marking a crucial step in fortifying India’s maritime defense capabilities.
- The ASW SWC ships are expected to feature over 80% indigenous content, reflecting a substantial stride towards promoting large-scale defense production executed by Indian manufacturing units.
- This initiative not only enhances national capabilities but also contributes to significant employment generation within the country.