Finally, after decades, the Indian Navy has inducted its new conventional submarine INS Kalvari of the Scorpene class. It was commissioned by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in a ceremonial event held at Mazagon Dock of Mumbai.
“It is a matter of pride for me to commission this submarine. Kalvari’s induction in the Navy is a big step in defence preparedness,” Modi said.
“Kalvari is an excellent example of our ‘Make in India’ program. The power of Kalvari, that of a tiger shark, will strengthen our Navy” -He added.
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler were also present during the event.
INS Kalvari is the first submarine of the Scorpene-class which India is building under a license. A total of six Scorpene class submarines will be inducted. One was commissioned while the second one, INS Khanderi, is under sea trials and will be inducted in the next few weeks.