US Navy selects Reliance Defence & Engg to undertake Repair & Maintenance works

Reliance Defence signs agreement to maintain US Navy’s 7th Fleet ships. Over 100 ships of US Navy’s Seventh Fleet will avail services at Reliance Shipyard at Pipavav. Reliance Shipyard is the first in India to receive MSRA Certification to undertake such operations

PIPAVAV: Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra) controlled Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has signed the Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with US Navy. Earlier in January 2017, the Reliance Shipyard was qualified by US Navy as an approved contractor to perform complex repair and alternation services for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet vessels operating in the region.

Reliance Shipyard at Pipavav, Gujarat is the first shipyard in India to have received MSRA certification to undertake servicing and repairing works for the vessels of Seventh Fleet. The fleet has about 100 vessels of different types including auxiliaries. Currently, the vessels of US Navy’s Seventh Fleet visit Singapore or Japan for such works.

“Reliance Shipyard has been selected after a detailed site survey by US Government representatives in end October 2016. This selection by the US Navy is a true recognition of the world-class facility, processes and the high standard of capability of Reliance Shipyard,” said RInfra in a press release.

Reliance Defence and Engineering has a large ship building /repair infrastructure in India; it has one of the largest dry dock in the world. The company is the first private sector company in India to obtain the licence and contract to build Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) for Indian Navy. The shipyard has the only modular shipbuilding facility in India with a capacity to build fully fabricated and outfitted blocks. The fabrication facility spread over 2.1 million sq ft has an annual capacity of 144,000 tonne.

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