PM dedicates first Scorpene-class submarines INS Kalvari to the nation

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Modi further said India believes the whole world to be a "family".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissionedINS Kalvari, the "deadliest" non-nuclear submarine, into the Indian Navy on Thursday.

He formally unveiled the commissioning plaque and shook hands with naval officers, before taking a quick voyage in the submarine. She said Peace in the Indian Ocean, which is the lifeline of global trade is better off with INS Kalvari and her follow-on submarines.

It is said that the 21st century is Asia century and it is also certain that the path of development of 21st century will go through the Hind Mahasagar, he pointed out. The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.

"The technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons", an official of the MDL said.

An attack can be launched with both torpedoes and tube- launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on surface, it said. The stealth of this potent platform is enhanced by the special attention given to various signatures. And now at the present moment, it is giving India more strength. The second Scorpene class submarine is undergoing sea-trials and will be commissioned in March 2018. The third one, Karanj, is under production.




The remaining three submarines are in various stages of outfitting. The entire project is supposed to be completed by 2020.

As is the tradition, ships and submarines of the Navy, are re-incarnated after decommissioning.

The submarine got its name from Malayalam word "Kalvari", which refers to the dreaded deep-sea tiger shark, Kalvari.

It is named after the first Foxtort-class submarine - INS Kalvari - which was inducted into the Navy on December 8, 1967. It was decommissioned on May 31, 1996 after nearly 30 years of yeoman service to the nation.

He emphasised the fact that the Indian Ocean has helped India cumulate its relations with other nations. Our sea coast is over 7500 kilometres long, it includes around 1300 small and big islands and around 25 lakh kilometres of exclusive economic zone.

He said the INS Kalvari will provide a significant boost and synergise the country's defence, economic, technical and worldwide powers, along with people power on the global arena. He said the human face of Indian diplomacy and Indian security establishment is our speciality.

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