INS ‘Kal­vari’ com­mis­sioned

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First of the six Scor­pene- class sub­marines built un­der project 75 (INS Kal­vari) was for­mally com­mis­sioned at Mumbai by PM Naren­dra Modi on 14 De­cem­ber 2017. The re­main­ing five sub­marines are in dif­fer­ent stages of con­struc­tion, to be de­liv­ered at the rate of at least one every 12 months.

The Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia, Naren­dra Modi, com­mis­sioned INS Kal­vari (S-21), the first of the six Scor­pene-class sub­marines built un­der Project 75 ( Kal­vari Class) into the In­dian Navy at a cer­e­mony held at Naval Dock­yard, Mumbai on 14 De­cem­ber 2017. The event marked, for­mal in­duc­tion into the Navy of the first of the six sub­marines be­ing con­structed at Mazagon Docks Ltd., in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the French builder Naval Group (formerly DCNS).

Vidyasagar Rao, the Gover­nor of Ma­ha­rash­tra, Deven­dra Fad­navis, Chief Min­is­ter, Nir­mala Sithara­man, Rak­sha Mantri, Dr. Sub­hash Bhamre, Rak­sha Ra­jya Mantri, Ajit Ku­mar Do­val, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sior, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Ad­mi­ral Girish Luthra, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing- in- Chief West­ern Naval Com­mand, Com­modore Rakesh Anand (Retd), CMD, MDL, Com­modore Subra­ma­nian ( Retd), Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of erst­while Kal­vari ( a Soviet Fox­trot class sub­ma­rine) and a host of other dig­ni­taries were present to wit­ness this his­toric and land­mark oc­ca­sion.

Upon ar­rival at the Naval Dock­yard, Mumbai, Prime Min­ster Modi was re­ceived by Chief of the Naval Staff. The Prime Min­ster was pre­sented a 100-man Guard of Hon­our and was in­tro­duced to the ship’s of­fi­cers and other dig­ni­taries present. Con­grat­u­lat­ing the peo­ple of In­dia on this oc­ca­sion, the Prime Min­is­ter de­scribed INS Kal­vari as a prime ex­am­ple of “Make in In­dia.” He com­mended all those in­volved in its man­u­fac­ture and de­scribed the sub­ma­rine as an ex­cel­lent il­lus­tra­tion of the fast grow­ing strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween In­dia and France. He said INS Kal­vari “would add even more strength to the In­dian Navy.”

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the MDL for restart­ing the pro­duc­tion line of sub­marines once again, Mrs Nir­mala Sithara­man, the Rak­sha Mantri thanked the Yard work­ers, who she said “mat­tered high on this day”. The process of sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion had again been started in the coun­try and it should not stop, the Rak­sha Mantri said. She em­pha­sised 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.

Wel­com­ing the gath­er­ing, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba stated that this com­mis­sion­ing “marked a mile­stone in the jour­ney of the In­dian Navy to­wards indige­nous sub­ma­rine build­ing.” The In­dian Navy was deeply com­mit­ted to the prin­ci­ple of in­di­geni­sa­tion and the Gov­ern­ment’s thrust on ‘Make in In­dia’. “Com­mis­sion­ing of Kal­vari is a tes­ti­mony of our re­solve and these achieve­ments are a re­sult of the In­dian Navy’s proac­tive and in­te­grated ap­proach to achieve self-re­liance” stated the Ad­mi­ral.

INS Kal­vari is manned by a team com­pris­ing 8 of­fi­cers and 35 sailors with Cap­tain SD Me­hen­dale at the helm as her first Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer. The Kal­vari- class sub­ma­rine is based on the Scor­pene- class diesel-elec­tric at­tack sub­marines de­signed by Naval Group and built by MDL. As a part of ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive, the Group has set up a sound de­fence in­dus­trial ecosys­tem for the indige­nous con­tent of the P75 sub­marines. There­fore, a sig­nif­i­cant part of the high-tech equip­ment sup­plied by Naval Group, has been pro­duced in In­dia in the frame of in­di­geni­sa­tion.

Hervé Guil­lou, Chair­man of Naval Group shared the en­thu­si­asm and ex­pressed: “Naval Group is proud to have con­trib­uted to the com­mis­sion­ing of INS Kal­vari, which achieves our vi­sion to strengthen strate­gic part­ner­ship in In­dia. Naval Group has been op­er­at­ing in In­dia for more than decade and along with its part­ner MDL, is fully com­mit­ted to the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive paving way for self-re­liance of In­dian Navy. We are con­vinced that such part­ner­ships based on trust and qual­ity is the key to long term suc­cess for In­dian de­fence in­dus­try and its sovereignty.”

The first of class, INS Kal­vari, set afloat on 27 Oc­to­ber 2015, had started its sea tri­als in 2016. She suc­cess­fully test fired an MBDA SM39 anti-ship mis­sile and tor­pedo and thus is “com­bat ready.”

“We con­grat­u­late the In­dian Gov­ern­ment and all those in­volved in the in­duc­tion of the INS Kal­vari into ser­vice with the In­dian Navy. MBDA is proud that its Ex­o­cet SM39 mis­sile has been cho­sen to pro­vide the Kal­vari- class of sub­marines with its ad­vanced anti-ship ca­pa­bil­i­ties thereby reaf­firm­ing the Com­pany’s long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with In­dia’s Armed Forces”, stated Loïc Piede­vache, Coun­try Head­In­dia, MBDA.

Khan­deri, the sec­ond of Kal­vari- class sub­marines, was launched in Mumbai on 12 Jan­uary 2017 and is un­der­go­ing sev­eral phases of sea tri­als. All the re­main­ing sub­marines are in dif­fer­ent stages of con­struc­tion and will be de­liv­ered at the rate of “at least one every 12 months.”

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on the cas­ing of INS Kal­vari

PM In­spect­ing the Guard of Hon­our

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