INS Kalvari to be Commissioned Into Indian Navy by PM Narendra Modi Today
Mumbai, Dec 14: Kalvari will be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. It is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited. The commissioning ceremony will be attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, and other top defence officials.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Mumbai late on Wednesday night to attend the commissioning ceremony of Scorpene-class submarine Kalvari today. He landed at Mumbai at around 11 pm and proceeded to the Raj Bhavan.
He will unveil INS Kalvari’s plaque at the commissioning ceremony today which will be preceded by reading out the commissioning warrant, hoisting of colours and breaking of commissioning pennant with national anthem. Pennant is a tapering flag on a ship, especially one flown at the masthead of a vessel in commission.
INS Kalvari is 66 metres long and is made up of a special kind of high-tensile steel which ensures that the warship can withstand high yield stress allowing it to dive deeper. The submarine can operate at a depth of 300 metres under water and travel 1,020 km underwater. Designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, it can carry 18 torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles underwater or from the surface. It is being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.
Kalvari is named after the dreaded tiger shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean. It can also be used to spy on enemy assets, gather intelligence and lay underwater mines to stop enemy ships from approaching Indian assets.
Two other sister submarines of INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi and INS Karanj are also on their way to join the Indian Navy after completing their trials and development. All the six Scropene-class submarines are scheduled to join the force by 2021.
The first Kalvari, commissioned on December 8, 1967, was also the first submarine of the Indian Navy. It was decommissioned on May 31, 1996 after nearly three decades of service.