INS Mormugao: Sailing with the times

Named after the historic port city in Goa, the warship has around 75% indigenous content.

India has achieved a new milestone in indigenous warship building. The Indian Navy has commissioned the indigenously built guided missile destroyer INS Mormugao. But do you know what it is?

INS Mormugao

INS Mormugao is the second of four Visakhapatnam'-class destroyers, which are classed as P-15B stealth, guided-missile destroyers. A ship 'class' describes a group of vessels of similar tonnage, usage, capabilities, and weaponry.

The warship has been named after the historic port city in the coastal State of Goa. Built by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL), the ship was commissioned a day before the Goa Liberation Day celebrations.

The ship was launched by then Defence Minister late Manohar Parrikar on September 17, 2016. INS Mormugao undertook its first sea sortie on December 19 last year, when Goa celebrated its 60 years of liberation from Portuguese rule.

Since the ship has been designed by the Indian Navy's Warship Design Bureau, it has around 75% indigenous content.

INS Mormugao and the other three ships in the class are 163 metre long and 17.4 metre wide, with a displacement of 7,300 tonnes.

They are operated by a crew of 350, including 50 officers and 250 sailors. Accommodation and working areas have superior ergonomics and habitability compared with its predecessor classes.


It can fight under nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions.

Propelled by four powerful gas turbines, the warship is capable of achieving speeds of over 30 knots.

Besides being equipped with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, it has modern surveillance radar that helps in getting target data to the weapon systems.

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