• India
  • Nov 25

Indian Navy commissions submarine INS Vela

• The Indian Navy commissioned submarine INS Vela at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The submarine was commissioned in the presence of Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh. 

• This is the fourth of the six submarines the Indian Navy is to induct under Project-75.

• Project–75 includes construction of six submarines of Scorpene design. These submarines are being constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France.

• Three of these submarines — Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj — have already been commissioned. INS Kalvari commissioned in December 2017. INS Khanderi was commissioned in September 2019. INS Karanj was commissioned in March this year.

INS Vela

• This submarine is named after a decommissioned submarine Vela, which served the Navy from 1973 to 2010. It was a Foxtrot class submarine.

• INS Vela would form part of the Western Naval Command’s Submarine fleet.

• The Scorpene class of submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which include anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare.

• The Scorpene submarines are extremely potent platforms, they have advanced stealth features and are also equipped with both long range guided torpedoes as well as anti-ship missiles. 

• These submarines have a state of the art SONAR and sensor suite permitting outstanding operational capabilities. 

• They also have an advanced permanent magnetic synchronous motor (PERMASYN) as its propulsion motor.

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