INS Imphal, Project 15B Destroyer, Launched by Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba
INS Imphal launched by Admiral Lanba in Mumbai (Photo Credits: Twitter/@SpokesperesonNavy)

Mumbai, April 20: Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Saturday launched a guided missile destroyer INS Imphal at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai. The INS Imphal is the third ship of Project 15B.  The ship has been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND). The project 15b class ships 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7,300 tonnes and are propelled four gas turbines with a maximum speed of 30 knots. Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba Backs 'Make in India' Campaign; Says, '32 Indigenously Built Ships to be Inducted Soon'.

These P15B ships can carry and operate two multiple role helicopters and are equipped with a varied range of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including multi-functional surveillance radars. INS Imphal is fully designed and developed under ‘Make in India’ programme.

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Last week, Admiral Lanba inaugurated a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) at Directorate of Naval Design in New Delhi. The centre will provide a major boost to the indigenous warship design capabilities of the Navy and greater fillip to self-reliance under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian government. During his address at the inauguration ceremony, Admiral Lanba complimented the Directorate for their untiring efforts, foresight and initiatives to conceptualise design and execute the project. Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba Slams Pakistan For Sponsoring Terrorism to Destabilise India.

The Directorate of Naval Design (Submarine Design Group)) is a premier organisation of the Indian Navy and the only one in the country for design of submarines and submersibles. The core competencies of the organisation are the design of state-of-the-art underwater platforms and comprehensive end to end design support during project execution.