Prime Minister Narendra Modi today commissioned the first Scorpene class submarine Kalvari into the Indian Navy, saying it was an excellent example of the governments Make in India initiative and a "big step" in the countrys defence preparedness. "The prime minister landed at Mumbai at around 11 pm and proceeded to the Raj Bhavan where he will stay overnight", an official told PTI.
Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and French Ambassador Alexandre Zeigler were present at the event.
Commodore Rakesh Anand (Retd), CMD, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), which constructed the submarine, said Kalvari will be a "game changer" in underwater warfare, adding that its state-of the-art technology has ensured superiority in all operational aspects and stealth. Kalvari is named after a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean- tiger shark. The overall length of the submarine is 67.5 metres and is about 12.3 metres in height. Dedicating the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, Mr Modi said it is a historic achievement for the country.
Construction of the submarine, designated as MDL Yard 11875, commenced with the first cutting of steel at MDL on 14 December 2006.
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The five separate sections of the submarine were welded together, called "Boot Together", on 30 July 2014.
First put to sea on May 1, 2016, Kalvari has since undergone a comprehensive trial schedule to validate her capability to float, move and fight. She was decommissioned on 31 May 1996 after nearly 30 years of yeoman service to the nation.
The second in the series of six submarines in this project, INS Khanderi is now undergoing sea trials and all the submarines are due to be inducted gradually into the Indian Navy by 2020. The hull form, fin and hydroplanes are specifically created to produce minimum underwater resistance.
INS Kalvari can reach a speed of 20 knots, it has sea-skimming SM-39 Exocet missiles and heavy-weight wire-guided surface and is armed with underwater target torpedoes. Her 360 battery cells (each weighing 750 kg) power the extremely silent permanently magnetised propulsion motor.
The crest of Kalvari, like all other Indian Naval ships depict three sail ships at the top commemorating India's rich maritime heritage, which is followed by the Ashoka Chakra flanked by a Horse and a Bull on either side.