Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, was 22 September 2017 handed over to the Indian Navy by shipbuilder Mazgaon Dock limited. The development marks a major milestone in Indian Navy’s submarine programme as the vessel is expected to bolster India’s maritime prowess.
The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy. Kalvari is named after the dreaded Tiger Shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean.
The first Kalvari, commissioned on December 8, 1967, was also the first submarine of the Indian Navy. It was decommissioned on May 31, 1996, after nearly three decades of service. The MDL the delivery of the vessel also reaffirms the strides taken by the shipbuilder in the ‘Make In India’ programme.
The second of the Scorpenes, Khanderi, was launched in January this year, and is currently undergoing the rigorous phase of sea trials. The third Scorpene, Karanj, is being readied for launch later this year. The rest are in various stages of outfitting.