INS Vela submarine commissioned into Indian Navy
INS Vela, the fourth Scorpene-class submarine, commissioned into the Indian Navy on Thursday, in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.
Mumbai: INS Vela, the fourth Scorpene-class submarine, commissioned into the Indian Navy on Thursday, in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.
The contract for the construction and Transfer-of-Technology for six Scorpene class submarines in series, has M/s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) of France as ‘Collaborator’ and are built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL. Presently Eight Warships and five submarines are under construction at MDL. It is one of the India’s leading shipyards with a capacity to meet requirements of the Indian Navy.
The Scorpene class of submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which include anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare. The transfer of technology involves appropriate technical support by Naval Group to MDL in the field of construction, integration and tests of the submarines in India which is achieved through transfer of technical data package to MDL through information system as well as on job training to MDL’s personnel on critical technologies.
Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh said, "INS Vela has the ability to undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations. Given today's dynamic and complex security situation, its capability and firepower will play a crucial role in enhancing Navy's ability to protect India's maritime interests".
"The P-75 project represents the growing strategic congruence between the two nations (India -France) and today's commissioning marks another high point in this enduring partnership...we crossed halfway mark of Project 75", said the Admiral.
"We recently conducted a successful sea trial of INS Vikrant. We should be able to commission INS Vikrant by August 2022", Navy Chief further said.
#INSVela commissioned into the #IndianNavy today #25Nov21.#Watch as the naval ensign is hoisted for the first time onboard.#HappyHunting@indiannavy @DDNewslive @airnewsalerts @PBNS_India pic.twitter.com/F7WHrAXNfx— PRO Defence Mumbai (@DefPROMumbai) November 25, 2021