Mumbai: INS Vagir, the fifth of the Kalvari-class submarines, entered service with the Indian Navy on Monday to enhance its capabilities.
INS Vagir was built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited with technology transfer from France and commissioned in a ceremony attended by Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff.
“These submarines will enhance the Indian Navy’s ability to deter adversaries and advance India’s maritime interests in conducting Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) to deliver decisive strikes in times of crisis,” the Navy said.
The weapons package, equipped with the world’s best sensors, includes enough wire-guided torpedoes and surface-to-surface missiles capable of neutralizing large enemy fleets, the Navy said.
The submarine can also launch Marine commandos for special operations, and its powerful diesel engine can quickly recharge its batteries for stealth missions, the Navy added.
Said to have a state-of-the-art torpedo decoy system for self-defense, added a Navy release.
INS Vagir’s commissioning came amidst the growing Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean.
What does Vagir mean?
‘Vagir’ means sand shark and represents stealth and fearlessness, synonymous with the spirit of the submarine.
Glorious Past and Beginnings
The former Vagir was commissioned on 1 November 1973 and flew numerous operational missions including deterrence patrols. After serving the country for about 30 years, she was decommissioned on 7 January 2001.
Launched on November 20th and named ‘Vagir’, the submarine of the new Avatar is characterized by the shortest construction time of all domestic submarines to date. She began her maiden sea sortie on 22 February, marking the beginning of her sea trials and undergoing a series of comprehensive acceptance checks and rigorous and demanding sea trials prior to her commissioning.
The submarine was delivered to the Indian Navy on 20 December by M/s MDL.
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