The third Indian-designed frigate Gomti was launched in Bombay on March 19 by Mrs Savitri Devi, wife of the Union Minister of State for Defence.
SV PAN TO GV Frigate with red and white bunting
GV Crowds seated
SCU Plaque naming the Indian naval ship, Gomti
SV Mrs. Savitri Devi, wife of Union Minister of State for Defence, pressing button to launch vessel
GVs Vessel moving down slipway into water (4 shots)
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Background: The third Indian-designed frigate Gomti was launched in Bombay on March 19 by Mrs Savitri Devi, wife of the Union Minister of State for Defence. A crowd of spectators watched the ceremony on Mazagon Dock, as Mrs Devi applied Kumkum, the traditional powder, and broke a coconut before pressing the button to launch the vessel. INS Gomti is the third in the series of 'Godavari' Class frigates. It will incorporate powerful surface-to-surface missiles, carry long-range anti-submarine homing torpedoes and intricate electronic warfare equipment. Some top naval experts are reported to have suggested to the Defence Ministry a massive modernisation and expansion programme of the Navy. Speeches at the March 19 launching ceremony supported India's concern over the naval power build-up in its neighbourhood and the Indian Ocean.