Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India’s first modern conventional submarine, INS Kalvari, into Navy’s fleet in Mumbai, a first in almost two decades. Kalvari is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).
The Navy last inducted a conventional diesel-electric submarine, INS Sindhushastra, procured from Russia in July 2000.
Key facts to know about Kalvari Submarine-
1. Dreaded Tiger shark-
Kalvari is named after the dreaded tiger shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean.
2. French naval defence’s design-
The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.
3. Scorpene class submarine-
The Navy is inducting six Scorpene-class submarines in a 3 billion dollar contract. Construction for the first submarine, designated as MDL Yard 11875 commenced in December 2006.
4. Potent Man o’ War-
Kalvari is a potent Man o’ War capable of undertaking offensive operations spanning across the entire spectrum of Maritime Warfare. Kalvari is the first Indian Naval vessel to be built using the modular approach of construction.
5. The first Kalvari, commissioned on December 8, 1967, was also the first submarine of the Indian Navy.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RBI Assistant Mains 2017 Exam-
- Indian Navy Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)- Admiral Sunil Lanba.
Source- The Hindu