Chennai, June 21: To enhance the technical repair infrastructure for ships, Indian Navy gets its first indigenously built high-tech Floating Dock (FDN-2), which is specifically designed by Larsen and Toubro, during the ceremony at Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) Shipyard at Kattupalli.
Floating Dock FDN-2 was launched by Anjali Deshpande, wife of Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, Controller of Warship Production. Larsen & Toubro has built the Floating Dock FDN-2 which costs around Rs. 468 Crores. The Floating Dock was formally lowered into the waters of the Bay of Bengal. The Floating Dock will be delivered at Port Blair. The Floating Docks 185m long and 40m wide and is designed for docking Indian Naval ships and submarines of up to 8000 T displacement with draughts of up to 7 m, during both day and night.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, commended L&T for their efforts in the design and construction of FDN-2. He brought out that launching of the indigenously built Floating Dock, bears testimony to the capabilities available in India for realizing the ‘Make in India’ vision. He extended warm felicitations to the entire team of the L&T for the achievement.
Now further FDN-2 would be put through a series of harbour trials before delivery to the Navy. Once operationalised, it would enhance the technical repair infrastructure of the Navy for ships based in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as for visiting Naval ships.The dock incorporates a fully automated ballast control system, State-of- the-art technology in its equipment.