Indian Navy Receives Scorpene-class Submarine INS Vela

The Indian Navy got its fourth submarine INS Vela under Project75 after completing all trails at the sea, the Indian Navy said.

Christened ‘INS Vela’, the submarine was launched on May 6, 2019, and has completed all major harbour and sea trials including weapon and sensor trials despite COVID restrictions. The fourth Scorpene submarine of Project – 75, Yard 11878 was delivered to the Navy on Tuesday.

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

Christened ‘Vela’, the submarine was launched on May 6, 2019, and has completed all major harbour and sea trials including weapon and sensor trials despite COVID restrictions.

Three of these submarines have already been commissioned in the Indian Navy.

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An official release said that submarine construction is an intricate activity and the difficulty is compounded when all equipment is required to be miniaturised.

“Construction of these submarines in an Indian yard is yet another step towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat,'” the press release said.

The submarine would soon be commissioned into the Indian Navy and enhance its capabilities.

Three submarines Under Project-75 that are functional are INS Karanj, INS Kalvari, and INS Khanderi. INS Vagir was launched last year and the sixth one, INS Vagsheer, is under construction.

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