India launches the fifth stealth warship of the Indian Navy’s Project 17A, named ‘ Taragiri’ in Mumbai. The event of the made-in-India warship was limited to a technical launch due to the state’s mourning of Queen Elizabeth’s death. It was in September 2020 that the keel of Taragiri was laid and is expected to be delivered by August 2025. The launch of Taragiri by the Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders (MDl) is another boost to the navy’s ‘aatmanirbharta’.Seven Nilgiri-Class frigates are being constructed under Project 17A. The headship of the INS Nilgiri class was launched in Mumbai in September 2019.
“In compliance with the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Government of India declaring a state of mourning on September 11 (because of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II), the event was limited to a technical launch. As the event is tide dependent, any change in the schedule was not possible,” the MDL said.
The ship was named by Charu Singh, President, Navy Wives Welfare Association (Western Region), wife of vice admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, FOC-in-C Western Naval Command, who presided as the chief guest.
The Approximate launch weight of the vessel is 3,510 tons. The frigate is planned in detail by the Indian Navy’s in-house design organization, the Bureau of Naval Design.