India’s first Submarine INS Kalavari commissioned into Navy!
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Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on Thursday dedicated to the nation, the naval submarine INS Kalavari in Mumbai. Modi, on this occasion, said Kalavari is an excellent example of “make in India” and it is surely going to boost the Navy’s strength. The word ‘Kalavari’ is given after the dreaded tiger shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean.
The submarine underwent around 120 days of extensive sea trials and tests for various equipment, an official was quoted saying. By adding the vessel is expected to boost India’s maritime prowess. This is a diesel-electric attack submarine that has been built for the Indian Navy by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. The total built cost of the project is Rs. 23,652 crore project -75 at Mazagon Docks in Mumbai. The force needs at least 18 conventional submarines. INS Khanderi is the second submarine, which is slated for delivery by December.
The first Kalvari, commissioned on December 8, 1967, was also the first submarine of the Indian Navy. It was later decommissioned on May 31, 1996, nearly after three decades of its service.