NEW DELHI: Attack submarine INS Vagir was commissioned into the Indian Navy today at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar was present at the event to mark the commissioning. “It’s a lethal platform with a formidable weapon package & state of the art stealth technology”, he said. The commissioning will serve as a fillip for the Navy’s operational might and serve as a deterrent to any adversary, the Navy chief said.
Vagir is the third submarine inducted onto the Navy in 24 months, underscoring India’s strides in ship building, Adm Hari Kumar said. The Navy is on track to be a fully “atmanirbhar” force by 2047, he added.
He lauded Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited that is building the Kalveri class submarines for helping the Navy make a transition from “buyers” to “builders”.
Things to know about the latest addition to Indian Navy’s armoury:
- NS Vagir (S25) is the fifth of the six Kalvari-class diesel-electric attack submarines commissioned for the Indian Navy.
- The submarine inherits its name from INS Vagir (S41) which served the Navy from 1973–2001, and was named after a species of sandfish.
- Launched on 12 Nov 20, INS Vagir commenced the sea trials from Feb 1, 2022.
- It completed all major trials including the weapon and sensor trials in the shortest time compared to the earlier submarines.
- INS Vagir has the capability of launching marine commandos for special operations, while its powerful diesel engines can quickly charge batteries for a stealth mission.
- Vagir’s weapons package include sufficient wire guided torpedoes and sub-surface to surface missiles to neutralise a large enemy fleet.
- Kalveri-class submarines are built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with Naval Group, France.
- The four Kalvari-class submarines commissioned earlier are: INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, INS Karanj and INS Vela.
- INS Vagsheer will be the last one in the series to be commissioned, expected around March 2024.
- They cater to several aspects of naval warfare, including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance.