The Indian Navy’s prowess was enhanced on Monday with the commissioning of INS Vagir, the fifth submarine of the Kalvari Class.
In a ceremony that was attended by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, INS Vagir, which was developed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai with technology transferred from France, was commissioned.
The Navy said, “The submarine will boost the Indian Navy’s capability to further India’s maritime interests in deterring the enemy, and conducting Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) to provide decisive blow in the times of crisis.”
Sand sharks, or “vagir,” are symbolic of stealth and bravery, two characteristics that are integral to the submariner’s way of life.
Its weapons package includes enough wire-guided torpedoes and sub-surface to surface missiles to destroy a sizable enemy fleet, and it is outfitted with some of the greatest sensors in the world.
The submarine can launch marine commandos for special operations, and the Navy claimed that its potent diesel engines can fast charge batteries for a stealth mission.
The Navy release added that it has a cutting-edge torpedo decoy system for self-defense. The Chinese Navy is becoming more visible in the Indian Ocean, which coincides with the commissioning of INS Vagir.