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Updated on: Thursday, November 25, 2021, 10:30 AM IST

Watch video: Indian Navy commissions submarine INS Vela, fourth Scorpene-class submarine, in Mumbai

Photo Credit: ANI

Photo Credit: ANI

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The Indian Navy on Thursday commissioned submarine INS Vela in Mumbai, adding more teeth to the country's naval prowess.

This is the fourth of the six submarines the Indian Navy is to induct under the Kalvari-class submarine Project-75.

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The submarine was commissioned in the presence of Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh.

"INS Vela has the ability to undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations. Given today's dynamic and complex security situation,its capability & firepower will play a crucial role in enhancing Navy's ability to protect India's maritime interests," Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh told news agency ANI.

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This is the second major induction in the Indian Navy in less than a week. On November 21, the Navy commissioned warship INS Visakhapatnam.

The submarine has been built by Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in collaboration with M/s Naval Group of France.

The previous avatar of INS Vela was commissioned on August 31, 1973 and it rendered yeoman service to the nation for 37 eventful years before being decommissioned on June 25, 2010.

The new 'Vela' is a potent man o' war and is capable of offensive operations that span across the entire spectrum of maritime warfare, the Navy said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Induction of the submarine consolidates the Indian Navy's position as a builder's Navy significantly and adds sharpness and strength to its combat capability," it added.

On Sunday, Indian Navy's stealth guided missile destroyer Visakhapatnam was commissioned in Mumbai. The indigenously-built warship is packed with an array of missiles and anti-submarine rockets.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published on: Thursday, November 25, 2021, 10:30 AM IST
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