Award-winning Indian shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) last year delivered its first warship built for export to the coast guard of Mauritius.
According to the company, work on this ship has opened a new line of offshore patrol vessels for multiple roles. “GRSE gained considerable experience in building this first export war vessel and many countries have now shown keen interest in such ships,” the company said.
GRSE is now participating in an international tender for the construction of two frigates for the Philippine Navy. As the only Indian shipyard to have qualified for this tender, GRSE is in competition with several leading players in the world.
With the delivery of CGS Barracuda to Mauritius as its initial push into the export market, GRSE is beginning to realise the Indian prime minister’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, both to meet the requirements of the country’s armed forces and to export to friendly foreign nations.
Since being taken over by the Indian government in 1960, GRSE has built close to 100 vessels for the Indian navy and coast guard, ranging from frigates, anti-submarine warfare corvettes and landing craft to inshore and offshore patrol vessels and missile ships.
GRSE (Hall 5, Stands J847/ H848) has made a significant contribution to the success of India’s indigenous warship construction programme.