PM Modi Commissions Submarine INS Kalvari, Says Best Example of 'Make in India'
Kalvari is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited.
PM Narendra Modi unveils the plaque of INS Kalvari.
"INS Kalvari is a great example of 'Make in India'. I would like to congratulate everyone associated with this submarine," PM Modi said. He also thanked France for its co-operation.
हम हिंद महासागर में अपने वैश्विक, सामरिक और आर्थिक हितों को लेकर पूरी तरह सजग हैं, सतर्क हैं। इसलिए भारत की Modern और Multi-Dimentional नौसेना पूरे क्षेत्र में शांति के लिए, स्थायित्व के लिए आगे बढकर नेतृत्व करती है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 14, 2017
सबका साथ-सबका विकास का हमारा मंत्र जल-थल-नभ में एक समान है। पूरे विश्व को एक परिवार मानते हुए, भारत अपने वैश्विक उत्तरदायित्वों को लगातार निभा रहा है। भारत अपने साथी देशों के लिए उनके संकट के समय first responder बना है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 14, 2017
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, and top defence officials attended the commissioning ceremony.
"Kalvari underwent around 120 days of extensive sea trials and tests for various equipment," the official said, adding the vessel is expected to bolster India's maritime prowess.
The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.
(Image of INS Kalvari released by the Indian Navy)
"The technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons," an official of the MDL said.
Kalvari is named after the dreaded tiger shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean.
The first Kalvari, commissioned on December 8, 1967, was also the first submarine of the Indian Navy. It was decommissioned on May 31, 1996, after nearly three decades of service.
(With PTI inputs)
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