Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Indian Navy Plans to Acquire its Second Floating Dock

The Indian Navy plans to acquire its second floating dock, at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore, which will be stationed at the strategically significant Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Floating Dock Navy-1 (FDN1) is currently put into optimum use and with the number of warships stationed on the coast set to increase significantly in the next decade, the need was felt for the second one.

The Japanese-built FDN1, which is designed by the Indian Institute of Technology, is the only floating dock of Navy and has a lifting capacity of 11,500 tonnes. “The Navy has already floated expression of interest for the FDN-2 and plans for procurement are in an advanced stage,” a Navy official said.

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