Revisit warship building plans at Defence yards: Navy Chief
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 17:48
New Delhi: Upset over delays in warship building schedules of Defence shipyards, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma on Wednesday said there was a need to "revisit" the shipbuilding strategies.

"We need to revisit the building strategies of the (Defence) shipyards. There is a need to do much more. Construction schedule is where our shipyards lag. The reason for delays is the basic method of construction (adopted by the shipyards)," Verma told reporters here on the eve of Navy Day.

The Navy has currently given orders for 34 ships in three different shipyards but the rate of delivery is only one ship per year, he said.

Though his force had been the first to stress on indigenisation, Verma said if the indigenous shipbuilding was not meeting its needs, the Navy would be forced to go in for imports.

The Navy has ordered ships with foreign shipyards in the case of Talwar class frigates -- being built in Russia, the Gorshkov aircraft carrier also from Russia and two Fleet Tankers being built in Italy.

The Navy's fleet strength was set to increase by 40 ships, and 60 aircraft and an equal number of helicopters. The new orders would take the number of warships to 160 and aircraft to about 290 within the next decade. It currently has 130 ships and another 190 aircraft and helicopters in service.


First Published: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 17:48

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