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Indian Navy to commission 4th Scorpene-class submarine INS Vela in Mumbai

Indian Navy to commission 4th Scorpene-class submarine INS Vela in Mumbai

On Thursday Indian Navy commissioned a Scorpene-class submarine, INS Vela, at the naval dockyard in Mumbai in Admiral Karambir Singh, chief of naval staff. INS Vela is the fourth Scorpene-class submarine to be commissioned under Project 75.

It was built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in collaboration with M/s Naval Group of France.

Addressing the commissioning event, Admiral Singh said on Thursday that INS Vela could undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations.

Singh added.

"Given today's dynamic and complex security situation, its capability and firepower will play a crucial role in enhancing the navy's ability to protect India'sIndia's maritime interests,"

The naval staff also said that Thursday'sThursday's commissioning of INS Vela marks another high point in the partnership between India and France.

Indian Navy to commission 4th Scorpene class submarine INS Vela in Mumbai 1Twitter image : @indiannavy

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The submarine possesses advanced stealth and combat capabilities. Attacks from Vela can be carried using torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles simultaneously, be it on the surface or underwater.

The previous version of Vela was commissioned in 1973, and it was in service for 37 years. It was decommissioned in 2010.

On Wednesday, Captain Anish Mathew, the commanding officer of INS Vela, told news agency ANI that the submarine has an indigenous set of batteries and an advanced communication suite of indigenous make.

This is the second prominent induction by the Navy in less than a week.

On November 21, the Navy commissioned INS Visakhapatnam, the first stealth-guided missile destroyer ship of Project 15B. The vessel is capable of undertaking various tasks and missions spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare. It is also equipped with primary indigenous weapons such as indigenous medium range surface to air missile systems, the surface to surface missiles, torpedo tubes, and launchers.

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