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Stealth frigate Dunagiri set for launch in Hooghly

The launch of the fourth ship within such a short span is a testimony to the impetus provided towards self-reliant shipbuilding with a focused approach, the Indian Navy said.

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New Delhi: Dunagiri, a Project 17A frigate is set to be launched into the Hooghly river at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata, on Friday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be the Chief Guest for the event.

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Christened after a mountain range in the state of Uttarakhand, Dunagiri is the fourth ship of P17A Frigates. The first two ships of the P17A Project were launched in 2019 and 2020 at MDL and GRSE respectively. The third ship (Udaygiri) was launched at MDL earlier this year on May 17.

These are follow-on of the P17 Frigates (Shivalik Class) with improved stealth features, advanced weapons and sensors, and platform management systems, the Indian Navy said.

Dunagiri is the reincarnation of the erstwhile Dunagiri, the Leander Class ASW Frigate, which in her 33 years of service from May 5, 1977, to October 20, 2010, had witnessed various challenging operations and multinational exercises.

The launch of the fourth ship within such a short span is a testimony to the impetus provided towards self-reliant shipbuilding with a focused approach, the Indian Navy said.

P17A ships have been designed in-house by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND), which has successfully spearheaded the design of numerous classes of indigenous warships in the past.

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