Indian Navy launches its first indigenously built floating dock

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FDN-2, a floating dock built indigenously for the Indian navy, was launched in a ceremony today at the Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) shipyard at Kattupalli near Chennai.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, controller of warship production & acquisition 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 realising the ‘Make in India’ vision.

The floating dock features modern machinery & control systems, according to the Indian Navy, and is capable of docking warships of up to 8000 tons displacement. The dock covers provided with the FDN-2 facilitate repair & refit activities in inclement weather conditions.

The dock will be positioned at Port Blair on completion and is expected to reduce the load on existing dry docks and contribute to the maintenance of front line assets.

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