Indian Navy will commission for INS Vela in Mumbai on Thursday. It is the country’s fourth stealth Scorpene class submarine. Introduced in 2019 (May), INS Vela has completed all massive harbour and sea trials, including sensor and weapon trials despite Covid-19 restrictions.
The submarine had been built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mumbai in association with France-based M/s Naval Group. It had been delivered to the Indian Navy on 9 November. Six submarines are expected to be developed per the project plan.
The Scorpene-class submarines are designed for multifarious tasks, including anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.
MDL is one of the leading shipyards in the country that boasts a capacity to satisfy the needs of the Navy. Per the defence ministry, MDL is all set to undertake the building of upcoming submarines by deploying the transfer of technology and experience of the Scorpene.
INS Visakhapatnam, the first-ever stealth-guided missile destroyer part of Project 15B, was commissioned at the naval dock in Mumbai last week, in the presence of Rajnath Singh, the defence minister.
#INSVela commissioned into the #IndianNavy today #25Nov21.#Watch as the naval ensign is hoisted for the first time onboard.#HappyHunting@indiannavy @DDNewslive @airnewsalerts @PBNS_India pic.twitter.com/F7WHrAXNfx
— PRO Defence Mumbai (@DefPROMumbai) November 25, 2021
In an attempt toward Aatmanirbhar Bharat, the commissioning affirmed the country’s presence in an elite group of countries with the ability to build state-of-the-art warships.
“Vigilant Valiant Victorious” the motto of #INSVela epitomises the spirit of the submarine & her crew, prepared to face & surmount all challenges and emerge triumphant always & every time.
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) November 25, 2021