On 25th November 2021, The Indian Navy commissioned Scorpene-class submarine INS Vela at the naval dockyard in Mumbai, in the presence of the chief of naval staff Admiral Karambir Singh.
- INS Vela is the fourth of six Scorpene-class submarines to be commissioned under Project 75.
- It was built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in collaboration with M/s Naval Group of France.
i.INS Vela possesses advanced stealth and combat capabilities to boost India’s maritime power and in tackling maritime threats in the Indian Ocean region.
ii.The Scorpene-class are diesel-electric Submarines built under Project 75 for the Indian Navy which engages in anti-surface, anti-submarine warfare, area surveillance and intelligence gathering.
About INS Vela
The Commanding Officer – Captain Anish Mathew
Launched on – May 6, 2019 (delivered to the Indian Navy on November 9, 2021)
i.Vela is named after a decommissioned submarine ‘Vela’, which served the Navy from 1973 to 2010. The earlier Vela belonged to the Foxtrot class submarine of Soviet origin.
About Project 75:
In 2005, India signed a $ 3.75 billion contract with France for building 6 Scorpene class submarines.
- INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, INS Karanj, INS Vela (Commissioned to Indian Navy)
- INS Vagir, INS Vagsheer (Under various developmental stages)
Other Scorpene-class Submarines:
INS Kalvari: Launched in October 2015 and commissioned into Indian Navy in December 2017.
INS Khanderi: Launched in January 2017 and commissioned into Indian Navy in September 2019.
INS Karanj: Launched in January 2018 and commissioned into Indian Navy in March 2021.
–India’s Powerful destroyer INS Vishakapatinam commissioned into Indian Navy
On 21st November 2021, an indigenously designed P15B stealth-guided missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam was commissioned into the Indian Navy in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.
- P15B is the first of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers
- It has been designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai.
i.It is equipped with major indigenous weapons such as supersonic surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, medium and short-range guns, anti-submarine rockets and advanced electronic warfare and communication suits.
Note – Out of four stealth guided-missile destroyer ships under Project 15B, the next ship is set to be commissioned in 2023 while the other two are planned to be inducted by 2025.
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About Indian Navy
Chief of Naval Staff (CSS) – Admiral Karambir Singh.
Integrated Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
About Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Union Minister – Rajnath Singh (Lucknow – Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State – Ajay Bhatt (Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand)