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Crest Unveiling Ceremony for Surat: A Powerful Addition to Indian Navy’s Fleet

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By Sabir Shaikh

Surat : The crest of India’s newest guided missile destroyer, the ‘Surat,’ currently under construction, was ceremoniously unveiled in the vibrant city of Surat. Bhupendra Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat, had the honor of unveiling the crest. The ceremony was graced by the presence of Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, along with esteemed dignitaries and officials from both the State Government and the Indian Navy.

 

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Surat Crest Unveiling Ceremony:

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel, unveiled the crest of the Indian Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer, ‘Surat,’ in a vibrant ceremony.

Presence of Dignitaries:

The event witnessed the presence of Admiral R Hari Kumar, the Chief of the Naval Staff, along with senior dignitaries and officials from the State Government and the Indian Navy.

Symbolic Crest: A Tribute to Surat’s Maritime Legacy

The Hazira Lighthouse:

The crest showcases the iconic Hazira Lighthouse, a significant maritime landmark in Surat, dating back to 1836.

The Asiatic Lion:

Depicting the state animal of Gujarat, the crest symbolizes the ship’s majesty and strength.

Wavy Seas:

The waves depicted on the crest represent Surat’s commitment to maritime security and national defense, equipped with advanced naval warfare technology.

An Emblem of Surat’s Heritage and Resilience

Surat City Inspiration:

Named after the vibrant city of Surat, the warship embodies the rich maritime history and shipbuilding legacy of the region.

Project 15B Achievement:

As the fourth ship of Project 15B (Vishakhapatnam Class) destroyers, Surat marks a significant leap in naval technology and capabilities.

Innovative Construction:

Surat has been constructed using innovative block construction methodology, highlighting India’s shipbuilding expertise.

A Testament to India’s Naval Prowess

Strategic Advancements:

Project 15B demonstrates India’s commitment to indigenous maritime technology and strategic military advancements.

Future Service:

Scheduled to join active service next year, Surat will stand as a formidable sentinel safeguarding the nation’s maritime frontiers.

Distinguished Guests:

The ceremony was attended by VAdm Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, RAdm Anil Jaggi, and various luminaries from Surat city

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