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Closely Watching China-Pak Collaboration, May Change Security Dynamics, Says Navy Chief at Commissioning of INA Vela

INS Vela, the fourth Scorpene-class submarine, commissioned into the Indian Navy, in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, at the naval dockyard in Mumbai. (ANI)

INS Vela, the fourth Scorpene-class submarine, commissioned into the Indian Navy, in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, at the naval dockyard in Mumbai. (ANI)

The submarine has been built by Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in collaboration with M/s Naval Group of France.

INS Vela, Indian Navy’s fourth stealth Scorpene class submarine under Project 75, was commissioned on Thursday, in a boost to Navy’s combat capability. Project 75 includes construction of six submarines of Scorpene design.

Three of these submarines - Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj - have already been commissioned. The Indian Navy’s fourth stealth Scorpene class submarine, INS Vela, was commissioned on 25th November 2021, the Navy said in a statement.

Speaking on the occasion, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said, “We are watching closely the collaboration between China and Pakistan. This will change the security dynamics. We will have to be prepared for it."

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The submarine has been built by Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in collaboration with M/s Naval Group of France. The previous avatar of INS Vela was commissioned on August 31, 1973 and it rendered yeoman service to the nation for 37 eventful years before being decommissioned on June 25, 2010.

The new ‘Vela’ is a potent man o’ war and is capable of offensive operations that span across the entire spectrum of maritime warfare, the statement said. Induction of the submarine consolidates the Indian Navy’s position as a builder’s Navy significantly and adds sharpness and strength to its combat capability, it added.

On Sunday, Indian Navy’s stealth guided missile destroyer Visakhapatnam was commissioned in Mumbai. The indigenously-built warship is packed with an array of missiles and anti-submarine rockets. .

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first published:November 25, 2021, 10:03 IST