New Delhi, Dec 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday dedicated submarine INS Kalvari to the nation. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said that the submarine was an excellent example of ‘Make in India’ programme.Also Read - Sudhaa Chandran Appeals To PM Modi After Airport Authorities Asked Her To Remove Her Prosthetic Foot
“It is a matter of pride for me to commission this submarine. Kalvari’s induction in the Navy is a big step in defence preparedness,” Modi said. Also Read - Don't Let Guard Down, War Against Corona Not Over: PM Modi Ahead of Festivals | 10 Points
Here are the main facts about the submarine. Also Read - Kerala Rains: House Collapses Into Gushing Water in Mundakayam | Watch Video
- INS Kalvari is named after Tiger Shark.
- Kalvari underwent around 120 days of extensive sea trials and tests for various equipment before being commissioned.
- It is a conventional submarine whose main power source is diesel and electricity.
- It is after 17 years that a new conventional submarine is inducted in the Navy.
- The submarine is designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
- It is a part of Project 75 that delivers 6 such submarines in toto. Five other submarines will be delivered by 2020-21.
- The Scorepene class submarine has 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.
- The first Kalvari was commissioned on December 8, 1967. It was the first submarine of the Indian Navy. It was decommissioned on May 31, 1996.
- Currently, Navy only has 13 conventional submarines and only six out of them are operational at a given point of time.
The submarine was built in India with co-operation from France. Navy Chief Sunil Lanba, NSA Ajit Doval and French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler were present during the ceremony.