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Cochin Shipyard from India holds steel cutting ceremony of Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts


According to information published by IIFL Securities website on December 1, 2020, the steel cutting ceremony of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWCs) for the Indian Navy was held on December 1, 2020, at Cochin Shipyard Limited, Kochi.
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The ASW-SWC (Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft) corvette is an anti-submarine warfare vessel ordered for the Indian Navy from Cochin Shipyard (CSL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), signed the contract for the construction and supply of eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWCs) for the Indian Navy on April 30, 2019.

According to the Global Security website, the ASW-SWC is a 750-ton vessel able to reach a top speed of 25 knots and will have a crew of 57 people including 7 officers. She will have a length of 70 meters (230 ft), a beam of 10.2 meters (33 ft), and a draught of 2.7 meters (8.9 ft).

The ASW-SWC corvette will be armed with torpedoes and rockets to conduct search and attack unit (SAU) missions and coordinated anti-submarine warfare operations with naval aircraft. In addition, the vessels shall have the capability to interdict and destroy subsurface targets in coastal waters. These can also be deployed for search and rescue by day and night in coastal areas. In their secondary role, these will be capable to prosecute intruding aircraft and lay mines in the sea bed.

The ASW-SWC corvette will be equipped with highly advanced state-of-the-art integrated platform management systems including propulsion machinery, auxiliary machinery, power generation and distribution machinery and damage control machinery, etc. The design and construction of these ships at GRSE is another significant milestone in the ‘Make In India’ Initiative of the Government of India.