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INS Agray” and “INS Akshay” these two vessels were 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASW SWCs) being built by GRSE Kolkata.

Simultaneous Launch of Two ASWSWC Warships for Indian Navy.

Kolkata(March 13, 2024): 

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd reached yet another significant milestone by simultaneously launching two ASWSWC warships for the Indian Navy on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. It was certainly a treat for the eyes of those present as these two magnificent platforms touched water for the first time below their keels. 
The ships were launched by Mrs Neeta Chaudhari, President Air Force Families Welfare Association (IFFWA) & wife of Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, Chief of the Air Staff, Indian Air Force. Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari was chief guest at the occasion. Among the others present were Lt Gen R. C. Tiwari, Army Commander, Eastern Command, Cmde P R Hari, IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE, Shri RK Dash, Director (Finance), GRSE, Cdr S Bose, Director (Shipbuilding), GRSE, DIG Subrato Ghosh, ICG (Retd), Director (Personnel), GRSE & other Senior officials of Indian Armed Forces, MoD & GRSE. 
After the ceremonial launch that involved applying of ‘Kumkum’ on both ships and breaking of coconuts, Mrs Chaudhari named them “INS Agray” and “INS Akshay”. These ships are actually reincarnations of Abhay-class warships of the Indian Navy. While the original INS Agray was decommissioned in 2017, INS Akshay was decommissioned in 2022.   

These two vessels were 5th and 6th in a series of 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASW SWCs) being built by GRSE. What made the twin launches more significant is that they came less than four months after the launch of the 4th warship of this class. This highlights GRSE’s commitment towards delivering warships well within schedule to our maritime forces.