The Submarine Yard
Way back in 1984 Shrimati Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India, unveiled a plaque and thereby was born the Submarine yard of MDL. In keeping with the existing system of designating the yards, the submarine yard was christened as East Yard. With its spacious, well ventilated and well-lit covered workshops, spanking new and modern CNC machines, self-sufficient service facilities and a young, dedicated Germany trained workforce, the yard soon became the cynosure of all eyes in rest of the company. Created with the express aim of building submarines, East Yard soon carved out a niche for itself through dedicated work, attention to quality and eagerness to adhere to schedules. The work culture inculcated in the East Yard personnel stood them in good stead when, on completion of the two SSK class submarines viz. INSM Shalki and Shankul. Although this was to be built following Russian Norms, East Yard technocrats rose to the occasion and delivered a fine vessel that is still serving the nation with competence.
Equipped with modern technology and manned by specially trained personnel, submarines are being constructed and refitted in the East Yard of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, a unit set up with advanced state-of-the art machinery, required to achieve the exacting and stringent quality standards in submarine construction.
A welding training school has been established to develop and maintain welding techniques and procedures at high standards and continuous updating of techniques.
The East Yard boasts of facilities like a fully computerized drawing office and excellent quality control laboratories. Special purpose machines have been installed for pressure hull fabrication, stern tube boring, machining of penetrations and hatch covers, installation of precision high technology equipment like radars, sonars, periscopes, hoistable masts, Submarine Fire Control System (SFCS) and other command and control equipment including weapon launch systems.
Submarine Repair & Modernisation
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited has also undertaken the task of refitting and modernizing of SSK Class submarines of the Indian Navy, thus meeting a critical need of the country, indigenously. The covered dry dock of the submarine yard provides an ideal environment for repair of submarines. Mazagon Dock completed the first ever indigenous medium refit of the Shishumar in the scheduled period of two years. The first medium refit-cum-modernisation project of another submarine of the same class, Shankush was also successfully completed in 2005.
The Scorpene Submarine has been jointly developed by DCN of France and Navantia Spain and incorporates the very latest Naval technology.
Page last updated on 28/03/2018