Crest Unveiled of Indian Navy’s Project 15B Warship “SURAT”

In a lively ceremony held in the city of Surat, the crest of the Indian Navy’s upcoming guided missile destroyer, ‘Surat,’ was revealed by Shri Bhupendra Patel, the Chief Minister of Gujarat. This event was attended by Adm R Hari Kumar, the Chief of the Naval Staff, along with senior dignitaries and officials from the State Government and the Indian Navy.

About Surat Warship

As the fourth vessel of the indigenously designed and built Project 15B (Vishakhapatnam Class) destroyers, ‘Surat’ signifies a significant advancement in naval technology and capabilities. The ship’s construction employed an innovative block construction method, with the ship’s hull meticulously assembled at separate geographical locations before final integration at the Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. This approach not only showcases intricate precision and engineering excellence but also underscores India’s growing expertise in shipbuilding.

Slated to join active service next year Surat and her able-bodied crew will serve the nation proudly in the decades to come.

Warship’s Crest

Surat Warship's Crest

The crest of ‘Surat’ features the iconic lighthouse at Hazira, located at the southern entrance of the Gulf of Khambhat. Constructed in 1836, this lighthouse holds historical significance as one of India’s earliest lighthouses. The crest also includes the Asiatic lion, the state animal of Gujarat, symbolizing the ship’s grandeur and strength. ‘Surat’ is equipped with state-of-the-art naval warfare technology and combat capabilities, making it a formidable representation of the navy’s dedication to maritime security and national defense. The depiction of the wavy sea on the crest reinforces this commitment.

The First Navy Warship To Be Named After A City In Gujarat

Named after the vibrant city of Surat, known for its rich maritime history and shipbuilding heritage, the warship ‘Surat’ also embodies the enterprising and self-reliant spirit of its namesake. As it prepares to join the Indian Navy’s fleet, the new warship is poised to serve as a formidable guardian, protecting the nation’s maritime frontiers and safeguarding its strategic interests in the region.

About Project 15B

Project 15B, building on the achievements of Project 15A (Kolkata Class), stands as a testament to India’s progressively expanding naval capabilities. The construction of the warship ‘Surat’ is a prime example of the nation’s unwavering commitment to indigenous state-of-the-art maritime technology and its dedication to achieving strategic military advancements.


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