INS Karanj, third Scorpene-Class Submarine, commissioned into Indian Navy
INS Karanj, India’s third Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarine, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on Wednesday. The Scorpene-class submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai in presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Admiral (Retired) VS Shekhawat.
The fifth, INS Vagir, was launched in November 2020. The sixth boat of the class, named ‘Vagsheer’, is currently under construction. These submarines, which are one of the quietest conventional submarines currently in service around the world, have been designed by France’s Naval Group and built in India by Mazagon Dock Limited under Project 75.
Kalvari-class submarines are being constructed by public sector shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL). As per the contract with a French company, they would teach MDL and transfer the technology to India so it can make these ships indigenously.
The submarine was launched in January 2018 for sea trials and will increase the strength and capability of the Indian navy, said chief of naval staff (CNS) admiral Karambir Singh.
Singh and retired admiral VS Shekhawat were present during the occasion. Shekhawat, who was part of the commissioning crew of the old Karanj and was also its commanding officer during the 1971 India-Pakistan war, was the chief guest.
Shekhawat, the 14th CNS who served as navy chief from September 30, 1993 to September 30, 1996, said, “We live in India and launch numerous satellites, building nuclear submarines, manufacturing vaccines for the world. The new Karanj is another example of Make in India”.