The Indian Navy received its first indigenously designed and constructed FDN-2 (Floating Dock Navy) in a ceremony on May 25 at Port Blair.
The induction ceremony was conducted as per naval traditions and was witnessed by senior officers from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.
Equipped with automated systems and modern facilities, the dock has the capability to lift ships up to 8000 tonnes including frigates and destroyers of the Indian Navy.
The floating dock is designed for berthing alongside a jetty, or mooring in calm waters enabling planned and emergency docking operations for ships. Induction of FDN-2 will enhance the repair and refit facility for the naval warships based in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. FDN-2 will be positioned at Port Blair and is expected to reduce the load on existing dry docks and contribute to the maintenance of front line assets.