PM commissions India's 1st indigenously-built Scorpene submarine

PM Modi commissions Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari into Indian Navy

Narendra Modi inducts Scorpene-class submarine Kalvari into Indian Navy

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

He said the government is fully alert to the country's global strategic and economic interests in the Indian Ocean region.

"India's humanitarian approach to diplomacy and national security is something that makes us special in the world".

This is India's first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine to be inducted into the Indian Navy after more than 17 years even as the navy's submarine arm celebrates it golden jubilee in 2017.

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. She emphasized the need to avoid episodic starts and stops in the industry and maintain a pool of skills needed to build high technology platforms within the country, sustenance of which would lead to a virtuous cycle of betterment for Indian industry, retention of skills and better peace dividends to the nation.

At a function in Mumbai, when the submarine is commissioned by the Prime Minister, the top brass of the Indian Navy would be present. "Therefore, INS Kalvari & follow ons will be invaluable assets to the Indian Navy" said Sitharaman. India has played the role of "first responder" for its partner countries, in times of crisis, he added.

The submarine boasts 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, said MDL.

INS Kalvari is manned by a team comprising of eight officers and 35 sailors with Captain S.D. Mehendale at the helm.

Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and French Ambassador Alexandre Zeigler were present at the event. It was decommissioned May 31, 1996 after almost three decades of service.

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