Mumbai : In a historic feat, the country’s first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine “INS Kalvari” was commissioned and dedicated to the Indian Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Defence Minister Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and top defence officials were present at the commissioning ceremony here.
Modi remarked tha Kalvari is an excellent example of “Make in India” and will enormously enhance the Navy’s might.
Kalvari is named after the deep ocean shark, one of the most dreaded predators of the sea.
Kalvari underwent 120 days of extensive sea runs and overall tests, an official said.
The submarine is designed by French naval Defence and Energy Company(DCNS) and wasbult at MazagonDock Ltd(MDL) in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.
The first Kalvari of Indian Navy, commissioned on 8 Dec 1967 was decommissioned after three decades at sea on May 31, 1996.