Prime Minister Narendra Modi today commissioned Scorpene Class Submarine INS Kalavari at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
INS Kalvari built by the Mazgaon Dock Limited in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy with French collaboration. The submarine has been designed by the French naval defence and energy company DCNS.
It is the first of the six Scorpene Class Submarines to be inducted in to the Indian Navy.
Kalvari is named after the dreaded tiger shark, a deadly deep-sea predator found in the Indian Ocean.
The commissioning ceremony took place with the reading out the Commissioning Warrant, hoisting of colours on the submarine and playing of the national anthem. Prime Minister later unveiled the plaque of INS Kalvari
Governor of Maharashtra, C Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, Defence Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS Defence Subhash Bhamre, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba and FoC Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra were prominent among those present.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the veterans of the erstwhile INS Kalvari – India’s first submarine which was decommissioned in 1996.