INS Vela, Indian Navy’s fourth stealth Scorpene class submarine under Project 75, has been commissioned by Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh at the naval dockyard, Mumbai. The induction of INS Vela, known as the ‘Silent Killer’, will boost the Navy’s combat capability.
Project 75 includes construction of six submarines of Scorpene design. Before INS Vela, Karanj, Kalvari and Khanderi submarines of Scorpene design have already been commissioned.
Sea trials are ongoing for Vagir, while the sixth, Vagsheer, is under construction.
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 in 1973 and served the Navy for 37 years before being decommissioned in 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.
On 21st November 2021, Indian Navy’s stealth guided missile destroyer NS Visakhapatnam was commissioned at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.