First Scorpene submarine, Kalvari, to be inducted today

Kalvari, the first of the Scorpene-class submarines, would be commissioned on Thursday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Veenam Srinivas, Flag Officer Submarines and top officials of the armed forces will attend the commissioning ceremony at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.

The commissioning of Kalvari coincides with the golden jubilee of the submarine arm of the navy.

On December 8, President Ram Nath Kovind awarded the Presidents' Colours to the submarine arm.

Kalvari is a diesel-electric attack submarine that has been built for the navy by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.

"It is the first of six such submarines that will be inducted into the navy and represents a significant success for the Make in India initiative. The project has been undertaken with French collaboration," officials said on Wednesday.

The state-of-the-art features of the Scorpene include superior stealth and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons.

The attack can be launched with torpedoes, as well as tube launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on the surface.

The stealth features give it invulnerability, unmatched by many submarines.

The Scorpene submarine is designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics.

All means and communications are provided to ensure interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force.

It can undertake multifarious types of missions typically undertaken by any modern submarine like anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance etc.

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