Nine countries have shown keen interest in getting their warships and patrolling vessels manufactured by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE).
This comes after the GRSE-built offshore patrolling vessel (OPV), CGS Barracuda, was commissioned on 12 March in Mauritius in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Mauritius, Anerood Jugnauth.
Rear Admiral AK Verma, chairman and managing director of GRSE, said that representatives from some of the nine countries have visited the ship building yard while discussions are on with the remaining countries. The nine countries are the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Cyprus, Kenya and Egypt.
The GRSE has already cleared the technical bidding to manufacture two light frigate-class warships for the Philippines.
“Most of the countries have shown interest in getting their landing craft vessels, offshore patrolling vessels and inshore patrolling vessels manufactured in GRSE,” said rear admiral Verma at a programme today, where the GRSE handed over an anti-submarine warfare corvette-class vessel, Kadmatt to the Indian Navy. Kadmatt will be commissioned in January in Vizag. It will also be a part of the Indian Navy's fleet at the International Fleet Review to be held in February.
With handing over of the Kadmatt on Thursday, the GRSE has successfully completed the manufacture of two corvette class warships for the Indian Navy. Two more of the same class - Kiltan and Kavaratti- will also be built in GRSE.
Besides corvette warships, the GRSE is also building three frigate-class warships, eight landing craft and four fast-attack craft for the Navy.
Discussions are on with some of the nine countries.