Under the Make in India initiative, the Indian Ministry of Shipping announced the launch of the first indigenously built Floating Dock (FDN-2) for the Indian Navy, on 20 June, at Larsen & Toubro Shipyard, at Kattupalli near Chennai.
Floating Dock is an indigenously designed and built platform with advanced machinery and control systems, capable of docking warships of up to 8000 Tons displacement.
According to the ministry’s official statement, the dock has high capacity Ballast Pumps, along with advanced automated Ballast Control System. The dock covers provided with the FDN-2 facilitate repair & refit activities in inclement weather conditions.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, commended L&T for their efforts in the design and construction of FDN-2. He brought out that launching of the indigenously built Floating Dock, bears testimony to the capabilities available in India for realising the ‘Make in India’ vision.