Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal
Visakhapatnam: India`s first indigenously-built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette `INS Kamorta` was on Saturday inducted into the Indian Navy.
INS Kamorta was commissioned at Naval Dockyard here this morning by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley.
Speaking on the occasion, Jaitley said, “I am sure INS Kamorta will serve this country effectively for a very long time.”
"Our effective preparedness is always the best guarantee for peace in this region. Our armed forces have been effectively discharging that function," given that India is in the midst of a disturbed neighbourhood.
"Ninety percent of this ship is indigenous. Its steel is entirely indigenous. Its design and making has taken place at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers in Kolkata, one of our foremost shipbuilding yards," he said.
Outlining his vision for India to become the biggest defence manufacturer in the world, he said, "In the recent months amongst the various initiatives government has undertaken, one is indigenous manufacture of our Defence deployment. It`s about time that we cease to be the biggest buyer in the world and became the biggest manufacturer in the world."
INS Kamorta, built by M/s Garden Reach Shipyard (GRSE), Kolkata, is the first of four ASW stealth corvettes designed by Indian Navy`s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design (DND).
It would carry short-range Surface-to-Air missiles (SAM) and Active Towed Array Decoy System (ATDS). It can also carry an integral ASW helicopter.