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India launches third Project 15B destroyer

22 April 2019
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  • India has launched its third Project 15B guided-missile destroyer
  • The warship will improve the Indian Navy’s ability to conduct task-group-based operations once it is in service

India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has launched the country’s third Project 15B guided-missile destroyer.

The warship, which will be in service as INS Imphal once commissioned, was launched on 20 April at MDL’s facilities in Mumbai. Imphal is part of a contract to build four Project 15B warships, which are also referred to in the country as the Visakhapatnam class, for the Indian Navy.

The first Project 15B ship, Visakhapatnam , was launched in April 2015, while the second ship of the type, Mormugao , took to the water in September 2016.

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