Indian Navy launches third Scorpene class submarine Karanj

Indian Navy launches third Scorpene class submarine Karanj

The third of the latest Scorpene-class submarines - Karanj - was launched into the Arabian Sea amid recitation of Sanskrit shlokas from the Atharva Veda and traditional ceremonies associated with the launch of naval platforms.

Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba's wife Reena Lanba, who is the president of Navy Wives Welfare Association, formally launched the ship at the facility of the Mazagon Dock Ship Builders Ltd.

The submarine was then towed to Mumbai Port Trust, for separation from the pontoon.

Karanj will now undergo rigorous trials and tests, both in harbour and at sea before it is commissioned into the Indian Navy.

"The launch of Karanj marked a significant departure from the manning and training philosophy that was adopted for the first two submarines and added that from third submarine onwards the Navy would be fully self-reliant in training and certification processes," Admiral Lanba said.

He also mentioned that the old Karanj had served the nation for 34 years from 1969 to 2003, including participation in the 1971 war.

State-of-the-art technology utilised for construction of the Scorpene class submarines has ensured 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.

Scorpene submarines can undertake multifarious types of missions i.e anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance among others.

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