Indian shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) has laid down keel for the Indian Navy’s first anti-submarine warfare shallow watercraft (ASW-SWC).

The company also announced the keel laying of the Indian Navy’s third survey vessel.

On its official Twitter account, GRSE stated: “GRSE Lays Twin Keels of 3rd Survey Vessel (Large) & 1st Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft Today.”

ASW-SWC vessels are being built by Cochin Shipyard (CSL) and GRSE for the Indian Navy.

The ASW vessels will replace the ageing Abhay-class corvettes that entered service with the Indian Navy in 1989. The construction of these vessels forms a part of the Government of India’s Make In India initiative.

The ASW-SWC will perform subsurface surveillance on coastal waters, coordinate ASW operations with aircraft, and destroy subsurface targets in inland waters.

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These ships can also perform search and rescue operations during both day and night in coastal areas, defend intruding aircraft, and lay mines on the sea bed.

The steel-cutting ceremony of the ASW-SWC vessels was held at Cochin Shipyard, Kochi, in December 2020.

GRSE has delivered three P-28 class ASW corvettes, namely INS Kamorta, INS Kadmat and INS Kiltan,to the Indian Navy. The warships have over 90% indigenous content and have a capacity to carry 3250t.

The Kamorta Class corvettes will serve as the frontline warships for the Indian Navy.

In March, GRSE laid the keel of the third Project 17A advanced stealth frigate. The Nilgiri-class stealth frigates, also known as Project 17A frigates, are being built by GRSE and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders for the Indian Navy.