India’s first modern conventional submarine, INS Kalvari was commissioned by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi into Navy’s fleet in Mumbai on Thursday. PM Modi dedicated the submarine to the nation. PM Modi said this is a good example of the fast growing partnership and relationship between India and France.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, were also present at the submarine commissioning ceremony.
This Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari has been built by the Mazagaon Dockyard Ltd. French naval defence and energy company DCNS designed this submarine. IT has been built under the Project-75 of the Indian Navy.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned the importance of the ‘Made in India’ submarine. She said it helps the Indian Navy in streamlining operations. PM Modi said commissioning of Kalvari submmarine to Indian Navy was a proud moment for the entire country
India plays an important role in stopping the piracy, drug smuggling or illegal fishing which enters via sea, PM Modi said at the commissioning ceremony. INS Kalvari is an example of ‘Make in India’, said PM Modi. Indian Navy becomes much stronger due to Kalvari. The Kalvari submarine is named after a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean called the dreaded tiger shark.
PM Modi said that I called it SAGAR it means the security and growth for all in the region. On December 8, the submarine of the Indian Navy Kalvari was commissioned. After the three decades of service, it was decommissioned on May 31, 1996.
Special features of INS Kalvari:
INS Kalvari submarine has 67.5-metre length and 12.3 metres height. It was designed with hull form, fin and to tolerate underwater resistance. The stealth of the boat helps the submarine to travel secretly under the deep sea. The boat has 360 battery cells, each weighing 750 kg.