Naval Group's Workshop at Karwar Inaugurated

Naval Group's Workshop at Karwar Inaugurated

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 08:42
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New Delhi, Sept 14

Naval Group India’s technical workshop at Karwar industrial area was inaugurated  on September 13th, 2023 by the hands of Rear Admiral KM Ramakrishnan, VSM,  Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area (FOK), in presence of Mr Vincent  Martinot-Lagarde, EVP Services of Naval Group, Mr Laurent Videau, Country &  Managing Director of Naval Group India, and other senior dignitaries.  

The opening of Naval Group India’s technical workshop at Karwar industrial area signifies its long term commitment towards Indian Navy and the industry. It is strategically located close to the  Indian Navy’s Naval Ship Repair Yard at Karwar that shall be home to Indian fleet of aircraft  carriers, warships and Kalvari class submarines (based on Naval Group Scorpene® design). Naval  Group India is the first subsidiary of any Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) platform designer  to establish it physical presence at Karwar, supporting the Government of India’s vision and  mission of INS Kadamba also referred as Project Sea Bird. 

This workshop will house necessary tools and trained Indian engineers to provide time-bound  services together with the support from our qualified partners - Indian Small and Medium  enterprises (MSMEs). This workshop will complement Naval Group’s other workshops in Mumbai.  It aims to perform and support the maintenance activities related, but not limited to, combat  system (electronic printed circuit boards, cabinets, peripherals of consoles, etc), electrical  system (antenna switching unit, power supply unit(s) for sonar/ Torpedo interface module/ Air  surface detection system, starter panel and intercom) and mechanical system (valves, masts,  reducers, pressure bottles, etc). 

Speaking on the occasion, EVP Services Mr Vincent Martinot-Lagarde said “We are investing up  to INR 100 crores for this new workshop. We stand ready to assist the Indian Navy in an adaptive  manner for the maintenance of Kalvari class submarines through upcoming refits and more. The  opening of our technical workshop is a natural extension of the strategic bilateral cooperation  shared between India and France in the field of underwater defence & deterrence in line with our  continued commitment towards the Indian Government’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ policy”. 

It was further emphasised that Naval Group is regularly empowering the subsidiary and its partners in India, thus enabling much of repair activities in India by reducing the turnaround time  as compared to sending it to foreign OEM. As a result, promoting more and more indigenous  sourcing.