In the sentence

the DRDO-developed anti-satellite system A-SAT successfully destroyed a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit. With this test, dubbed as Mission Shakti, India is only the fourth country after the U.S., Russia and China to have the technology.

Dub in this context is generally used as Dub somebody something
He has been dubbed pig.
But in the sentence above they are using dub as. Isn't it wrong?

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    Google Books claims over 70,000 written instances of the sequence "dubbed the great", which obviously proves that as is not "required". But there are almost 2000 instances of "dubbed as the great", so I don't think we can really say that version is "wrong". It's just far less common, so you should probably avoid using it yourself. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 27 '19 at 14:26
  • @FumbleFingers Those numbers aren’t accurate at all. You need to sort by date to get reliable numbers, which leads to exactly three results for “dubbed as the great” for example. – Laurel Mar 27 '19 at 14:30
  • @Laurel I actually get eight results when following your link. I think there might be some element of Google restricting / tailoring the results each of us is seeing. – Jess Mar 27 '19 at 14:32
  • @Laurel Also: source on sorting by relevance being unreliable? I don't understand why sorting by date should make a difference. – Jess Mar 27 '19 at 14:40
  • @JessSTJ Sorting by relevance includes results that don’t contain the phrase. Idk why, but that’s how it is. – Laurel Mar 27 '19 at 14:42

I can't seem to find any source with an official rule on this matter, but I believe either version is grammatically correct. That said, looking at native speaker usage, it seems like "dub" without "as" is much more common. The vast majority of example sentences I've found have the subject coming directly after the verb, sometimes with an article between them, but rarely a preposition. Not to mention it just sounds a little bit off.

"With this test, dubbed Mission Shakti..." sounds more natural (though again, "dubbed as" is still not wrong).

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    Saying Dubbed as is not actually wrong, dub as is but with the suffix it is grammatically correct. – Jeef Mar 27 '19 at 14:30
  • @Jeef You're right yeah, other commenters have found a decent number of historical examples that I totally missed. I'll amend my answer right now. – Jess Mar 27 '19 at 14:37
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    I would consider dubbed a synonym of named. We would normally say I named it X, almost never I named it as X. In my opinion, dubbed should follow the same pattern. While it may not be strictly ungrammatical, I would always drop the as if given the choice. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Mar 27 '19 at 15:11

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