The first Scorpene-class submarine, Kalvari, is expected to be commissioned by November-December, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra said. The submarine was handed over to the Indian Navy four days ago by Mazgaon Dock Limited, one of the key ship building units of the force. “The Kalvari submarine has already been in the sea for sometime. Some 110 days of sea trials have been completed and more pre-commissioning sea trials are going on. We are expecting it to be commissioned by November-December this year,” the Vice Admiral said. He was speaking at the commissioning of INS Tarasa, a water jet fast attack craft, at the Naval dockyard here.
The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited here as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy. “The Indian Navy is keen on increasing indigenous components in ship building activity. We have also increased the indigenous components in submarines as well. The components’ share needs to be increased in weapons and sensors,” Vice Admiral Luthra said. About the 400-tonne INS Tarasa, the officer said it was a much-needed addition to the fleet.
He said the vessel will discharge her duties with élan and resolve and bring laurels to the Western Naval Command and the nation. INS Tarasa is the fourth and last of the follow-on water jet FACs built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. This is the second ship of the Indian Navy to be named INS Tarasa. The first one was in service from 1999 to 2014. The new INS Tarasa will be based at Mumbai under the operational control of the Western Naval Command.