Kolkata: – INS Himgiri, a stealth warship from the Nilgiri class, has been launched. Defence Chief General Bipin Rawat attended the ceremony where he asserted that the Indian defence forces are fully prepared to defend its land, marine and aerial borders.
Seven stealth warships are being built under the Project 17 of the Indian Navy and INS Nilgiri, the first of these warships, was launched in September, by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. After that, in three months, this second warship built under Project 17 has been launched.
This warship has been named INS Himgiri. Marine testing of INS Himgiri will start now. Stealth Guided Missile destroyers are being built under Project 17. It is necessary to strengthen the Indian Navy to defend the Indian marine borders, and various projects have been initiated for this purpose. Under Project 75, six submarines are being built. Similarly, Project 17 has been undertaken to build stealth warships indigenously. After INS Nilgiri and INH Himgiri, INS Udaygiri, INS Dunagiri, INS Taragiri, INS Vindhyagiri and INS Mahendragiri will be built. INS Nilgiri was built in the Mazagon Dock. Whereas, INS Himgiri was built in the Garden Rich Shipyard in Kolkata. Three warships are being built at the Garden Rich Shipyards under Project 17.
Meanwhile, Defence Chief Bipin Rawat was present during the launch of INS Himgiri. Saying that the time has come to think about the future warfare techniques, the Defence Chief asserted that the Indian defence forces were prepared for the challenge. China is trying to alter the status quo on the northern border. General Rawat assured at this time that the Indian defence forces had made preparations to face any eventuality.