PM Narendra Modi Dedicates Scorpene-Class Submarine Ins Kalvari To The Nation

The former Prime Minister Singapore Mr. Goh Chok Tong calling on the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissionedINS Kalvari, the "deadliest" non-nuclear submarine, into the Indian Navy on Thursday.

The Prime Minister dedicated the submarine at the Naval Dockyard, in the presence of the Defence Minister, important dignitaries of the Maharashtra Government and senior Naval Officers.

It is named after the first Foxtort-class submarine - INS Kalvari - which was inducted into the Navy on December 8, 1967. The commissioning of its indigenous version comes days after the force observed the gold.

As is the tradition, ships and submarines of the Navy, are re-incarnated after decommissioning. Kalvari means Tiger Shark.

"Submarines are lethal, potent & cutting edge platforms in modern day warfare". This is a fine example of the fast growing strategic partnership between India and France.

"We are beginning a new journey with commissioning of INS Kalvari".

The Prime Minister said India is fully alert with regard to its global, strategic and economic interests in the Indian Ocean. He said the human face of Indian diplomacy and Indian security establishment is our speciality. "A safe India is good not just for us, but for the whole of humanity", he claimed.

He said India was playing a crucial role in confronting "all challenges emanating from the high seas, be it terrorism, piracy, narcotics smuggling or illegal fishing" for the countries in the Indian Ocean rim.

Noting that the Indian Ocean has helped India in its relations with other nations, he said it is now giving the country more strength. The commissioning will augment the offensive capability of the Indian Navy, and the Western Naval Command in particular.

Apart from INS Chakra and INS Arihant, which are nuclear-powered, the Indian Navy has 13 submarines - four belonging to the Shishumar class and nine to the Sindhughosh class.

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

The 1,565-tonne submarine is 67.5 metres long and its height is 12.3 metres.

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