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Defence Manufacturing5th submarine of Kalvari class ‘INS Vagir’ commissioned in to Indian Navy

5th submarine of Kalvari class ‘INS Vagir’ commissioned in to Indian Navy

Six Scorpene Class submarines are being built in India by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with Naval Group, France.

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New Delhi: Indian Navy’s fifth stealth Scorpene class Submarine INS Vagir has been commissioned into the Indian Navy on Monday at the Naval Dockyard Mumbai in the presence of Chief of the Naval Staff Adm R Hari Kumar, the Chief Guest for the ceremony. Six Scorpene Class submarines are being built in India by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with Naval Group, France. INS Vagir would form part of the Western Naval Command’s Submarine fleet and would be another potent part of the Command’s arsenal.

Vagir was launched on November 12, 2020, under Project 75 (P75) and was delivered to Indian Navy on December 20 2022 post completion of sea trials. Vagir has the distinction of having the lowest build time among all indigenously manufactured submarines till date.

Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command VAdm AB Singh, MDL’s Chairman & Managing Director VAdm Narayan Prasad (Retd) and other senior Civil & Military officials of Ministry of Defence were present during the commissioning ceremony. The crew of the erstwhile ‘Vagir’, a Russian origin Foxtrot Class Submarine which was decommissioned in 2001 were special invitees for the ceremony and the then commissioning Commanding Officer RAdm K Raja Menon (Retd) was also present.

The Scorpene Submarines are extremely potent platforms, they have advanced stealth features and are also equipped with both long-range guided torpedoes as well as anti-ship missiles. These submarines have a state-of-the-art SONAR suite and sensor suite permitting outstanding operational capabilities.

The Sand Shark represents ‘Stealth and Fearlessness’, two qualities that are synonymous with the ethos of a submariner. The motto of the submarine, ‘Saahas Shaurya Samarpan’ epitomizes the core values of Courage, Valour and Dedication. These values reflect in undertaking all operations at its peak efficiency to emerge victorious in all conditions and ability to be synergised when faced with a difficult task. The motto has been imbibed by the men which inspires them to overcome adversities, to remain confident, bold and brave even in the toughest situations so as to keep the edge ‘Sharp and Ready’.

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The induction of Vagir is another step towards the Indian Navy, consolidating its position as a builder’s Navy, as also is a reflection of MDL’s capabilities as a premier ship and submarine building yard of the world. Project – 75 also marks a critical milestone in the Yard’s continued importance in the field of Defence Production.

The commissioning of Vagir is coinciding with ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations. The commissioning of this indigenous submarine once again denotes the drive and focus towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’.

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