India aims for 200-ship fleet by 2027, says Navy vice chief P. Murugesan

080705-N-2735T-887 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 5, 2008) The ships of the Nassau Strike Group (NASSG) transit westward in the Atlantic Ocean as they wrap-up their deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. The NASSG is made up of the Norfolk, Va.-based amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4); the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13); the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48); the guided-missile destroyers USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Bulkeley (DDG 84); and the Mayport, Fla.-based guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Coleman Thompson (Released)

Vice_Admiral_P._MurugesanNew Delhi: India aims at having a 200-ship fleet by 2027, which is the end year of its 30-year-perspective plan, Navy vice chief P. Murugesan said on Tuesday.

Vice Admiral Murugesan however admitted that the navy, which has been leading in domestic production in defence sector, lags behind in production of fight components.

Noting the navy presently has 137 ships and submarines, he said: “By 2027, the aspiration is 200 ships… but even for going to 150 from 137, a lot of efficiency is required.”

The maritime capability perspective plan of the Indian Navy envisages a 198-ship navy by 2027.

As the navy plans a seminar on ‘Make in India’ with industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), he said India has achieved 90 percent indigenisation in float component, 60 percent indigenisation in move component but the fight component is still just 30 percent indigenised.

“Fight component is still lagging behind,” he said.

Vice Admiral Murugesan however said a lot of private industries are coming forward, and the environment is conducive for them to grow.

Asked about the shortage of helicopters in the navy, the vice chief said that there are plans for acquisition.

He acknowledged the shortage worried him but quickly added: “We have plans for acquisition of helicopters. It will go through several processes”. (IANS)