The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed that Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) has launched the fifth Nilgiri-class frigate Taragiri (YD 12653) for the Indian Navy.

The frigate’s launch was marked by a ceremony attended by officials from the Indian Navy and MoD.

Taragiri was launched by the Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) Western Region (WA) president Charu Singh, who also named this vessel after a hill range in the Himalayas in India.

Western Naval Command flag officer commanding-in-chief (FOC-in-C) vice-admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh said: “Taragiri will surely add to Indian Navy’s forte as and when it makes its way into the blue waters.”

The frigate was launched in collaboration with the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation Warship Design Bureau (WDB), which is responsible for designing the vessels of the class.

After this launch, Taragiri will join its other two sister ships at MDL to undergo outfitting activities before its final delivery to the Indian Navy.

Taragiri is one of the four Nilgiri-class stealth vessels to be constructed by MDL under the Indian Navy’s Project 17A.

The other three ships under this programme are being built by India’s Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).

The seven P17A frigates are upgraded variants of the P17 Shivalik-class frigates.

The new vessels will have improved stealth features, weapons, sensors and platform management systems.

Around 75% of orders for systems and equipment of the P17A ships are being provided by indigenous companies, including micro, small and medium enterprises.

This is a major boost for India’s ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives.

Earlier this year, MDL laid the keel for the seventh P17A frigate, Y-12654, in Mumbai.