MUMBAI : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday commissioned the INS Kalvari submarine saying it will play a big part in combatting terrorism which the nation’s enemies are using to fight a “proxy war”.
“We are beginning a new journey with commissioning of INS Kalvari. May sea gods keep you strong and safe,” said the PM.
The Scorpene-class submarine is named Kalvari, which means tiger shark, a deadly deep-sea predator. As Modi dedicated it to the nation, he also spoke at length about India’s security, but also about stability in the region and India’s global responsibilities.
“I’m calling this submarine by a special name that I’ve coined: SAGAR, which stands for ‘security and growth for all in the region’…Countries around the world want to work with India in its endeavour for peace and stability,” said the PM.
The submarine will play a crucial role in India’s security and indeed in stability for the region and the world at large, he said.
“India’s humanitarian approach to diplomacy and national security is something that makes us special in the world. A safe India is good not just for us, but for the whole of humanity,” he claimed.
Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, was handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), and commissioned into the Navy in Mumbai.
The submarine boasts 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, said MDL.
INS Kalvari can reach a speed of 20 knots, it has sea-skimming SM-39 Exocet missiles and heavy-weight wire-guided surface and is armed with underwater target torpedoes.
The new 1,565-tonne submarine is to be followed by five of her Scorpene sisters under the Rs 23,652 crore “Project-75” underway at Mazagon Docks in collaboration with France.
Orignally published by INP