‘Amini’ ASW SWC (GRSE) Launch: Nov 16, 2023, M/s L&T, Kattupalli


The Indian Navy’s pursuit of advanced maritime capabilities reached a significant milestone with the unveiling of ‘Amini,’ the fourth vessel in the ASW Shallow Water Craft (SWC) Project. This collaborative initiative between Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) underscores India’s commitment to strengthening its naval capabilities.

Launch Ceremony and Maritime Tradition:

On November 16, 2023, the Launch Ceremony for ‘Amini’ unfolded at M/s L&T, Kattupalli. Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani, Chief of Materiel, presided over the event. Adhering to maritime traditions, Mrs. Manju Naithani bestowed the ship with its name, invoking blessings from the Atharva Veda. The choice of ‘Amini’ holds significance, symbolizing the strategic maritime importance of the Amini island in Lakshadweep, situated around 400 km west of Kochi.

Project Overview: Amini

The ambitious ASW SWC Project involves the construction of eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft ships. The contract, inked between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and GRSE on April 29, 2019, follows a meticulous build plan. While four ships are taking shape at GRSE in Kolkata, the remaining quartet is undergoing subcontracting to M/s L&T Shipbuilding, Kattupalli, for hull and partial outfitting.

Purpose and Capabilities:

The Arnala-class ships, designed to supersede the in-service Abhay-class ASW Corvettes of the Indian Navy, are tailored for anti-submarine operations in coastal waters. Additionally, they excel in handling Low Intensity Maritime Operations (LIMO) and Mine Laying Operations. With a length of 77 meters and a displacement of 900 tons, these ASW SWC ships can reach a maximum speed of 25 knots and boast an endurance of approximately 1800 nautical miles.

Strides in Indigenous Shipbuilding:

The launch of the third ship of the class on June 13, 2023, at M/s L&T, Kattupalli, underscores India’s remarkable progress in indigenous shipbuilding. The feat of launching four ships within a year highlights the nation’s dedication to achieving self-reliance in shipbuilding, aligning with the principles of AatmaNirbhar Bharat.

Future Deliveries and Indigenous Content:

The inaugural ship of the ASW SWC Project is slated for delivery in early 2024, underscoring the efficiency and punctuality of the project. Crucially, these ships will feature over 80% indigenous content, emphasizing India’s commitment to fostering large-scale defence production within the country. This not only contributes to national security but also stimulates employment and augments manufacturing capabilities, propelling India towards self-sufficiency in defence production.

In conclusion, the unveiling of ‘Amini’ and the progress of the ASW SWC Project signify India’s leap towards a more potent and self-reliant maritime force. These strides in indigenous shipbuilding are pivotal in shaping a secure and robust future for the Indian Navy.


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