The Indian government has finally signed the contract with the renowned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) for procuring 5 Fleet Support Vessels worth 19,000 crore.

The ships to be built by Hindustan Shipyard indigenously, focussing on achieving the aim of self-reliance in the defence sector in congruence with the Atmanirbhar Bharat.

FSS will enhance the strength and mobility of the Indian Naval fleet, thereby increasing its operational capabilities.

These ships will replenish warships, helping them supply food, fuel, and ammunition.

The project was initially proposed in 2014 but persistently got delayed past nine years due to differences between Hindustan Shipyard Limited and Korean design consultant Hyundai Heavy Industries.

These fleet support ships (FSS) will have a displacement of about 45,000 tonnes.

The FSS project will generate thousands of new jobs, and the ships to get delivered in about eight years.

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