The Indian Navy has launched a new floating dock (FDN-2) at a ceremony held at Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Shipyard at Kattupalli in Chennai, Tamilnadu.
The FDN-2, Yard 55000, was indigenously built by L&T Shipyard, Kattupalli, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated.
L&T has designed and built dock as part of an INR 4.68bn ($72.33m) order awarded by the MoD in May 2015.
L&T president S.N. Subrahmanyan said: “While winning our first mandate from the Indian Navy was satisfying, I am particularly delighted that we have also been able to execute and deliver the FDN-2 well within schedule.
“We are pleased to have delivered on the faith reposed in us by the Indian Navy for our in-house capabilities of design and construction of naval platforms, meeting stringent standards and specifications and at the same time achieving them with exemplary programme management practices well-within contracted timelines.”
Equipped with advanced machinery and control systems, Yard 55000 has the capacity to dock navy ships and submarines of up to 8,000t displacement.
The 185m-long and 40m-wide dock also has high capacity ballast pumps, along with advanced automated ballast control system, according to a statement. It can perform repair and refit activities of ships in inclement weather conditions.
Prior to delivery to the navy, the FDN-2 will undergo a series of harbour trials.
When operational, it is expected to improve the technical repair infrastructure of the navy for ships based at the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, as well as for visiting ships.