During his visit the Defence Minister inaugurated the Mazdock Modernisation Project (MMP), which would significantly enhance the warship and submarine construction capability of the shipyard. M/s Haskoning Nederland B.V. (HNBV), world renowned consultant in the field of marine construction, was appointed as consultant for this project. The major components created under MMP include a new Wet basin with level lifting cranes, 300-Ton Goliath Crane, Module Workshop, Stores Building, Shipyard transporters and Cradle & Assembly shop at a cost of Rs. 800 Crores approximately.
Project 75 for submarine construction is vital for building the Indian Navy’s capability to counter the country’s maritime threats and commitments . Six state-of-the-art submarines fitted with latest equipment are being built at MDL, Mumbai under collaboration with M/s DCNS France, giving considerable boost to the indigenous submarine construction capability of the country. With all the impediments and material hurdles resolved, the construction of the submarines is progressing on schedule to meet the planned delivery schedule of Sep 2016. Presently, first three submarines of the project are in outfitting phase, and the systems of the first submarine are being ‘Set to Work’. The Project is being reviewed at regular intervals at all levels at Naval Headquarters and Ministry of Defence (MoD) to gear up for the launch of the first submarine in Sep 2015. Preparations to induct these submarines are in progress and the selected crew has commenced training. The submarines will be initially based at Mumbai and shifted to operational base at Karwar after completion of trials. Necessary impetus is also being given by the government to create associated shore support facilities as per the Long Term Infrastructure Perspective Plan (LTIPP).