India’s third Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj commissioned into the Indian Navy

Two submarines INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi, have already been commissioned into the Navy.  

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On Wednesday, India’s third Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai. The submarine was commissioned in presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Admiral (Retired) VS Shekhawat.

Talking at the event, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh said that the Indian Navy has been a strong proponent of indigenization and self-reliance in defence over the past 7 decades. At present, out of 42 ships & submarines on order, 40 are being constructed in Indian shipyards.

Two submarines INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi, have already been commissioned into the Navy.  

Meanwhile, INS Vela, fourth of the class has been undergoing tests at sea. INS Vagir which is the fifth submarine was launched in November 2020. The sixth boat of the class ‘Vagsheer’ is under construction at the present. 

These submarines are designed by France’s Naval Group and built in India by Mazagon Dock Limited under Project 75. All the six Kalvari-class submarines have the same abilities but can be deployed in varying roles which include securing strategic points in the sea, gathering intelligence, laying mines, dropping marine commandos and engaging with enemy ships. The submarines are being constructed by public sector shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL).