Who: Shipwright School
What: Commissioned as INS Vishwakarma
When: 14 November 2015
The Shipwright School, a premier technical establishment, was on 14 November 2015 commissioned as Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vishwakarma by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff at Visakhapatnam.
Shipwright School is an alma-mater for Naval Architect Officers, Shipwright Officers and Shipwright Sailors of the Indian Navy.
The commissioning of INS Vishwakarma is expected to enhance Indian Navy’s in-house design and maintenance capabilities. This will help transform the Indian Navy to a designer’s and builder’s Navy in keeping with the Make in India vision.
INS Vishwakarma will enhance professionalism of young officers and sailors who would be trained to become warship designers and hull maintenance technicians of the future.
About Shipwright School
Shipwright School (SWS) was established at INS Shivaji in 1941 for training shipwright artificers of Indian Navy and was subsequently shifted to Naval Barracks, Mumbai (INS Angre) in 1943.
Later in 1981, it was shifted to Visakhapatnam as a dedicated training establishment with independent facilities for training of shipwright apprentices.