The Indian Navy’s third Scorpene class submarine, INS Karanj was launched yesterday. The new submarine is named after the earlier Kalvari class INS Karanj which was decommissioned in 2003.
Speaking on the launch, Admiral Lanba said, ‘Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) and the Naval Group have put their houses in order and we have seen seen quick launches of the first three boats. I am quite confident that they have learnt from the experience of building and commissioning the first boat. I do not foresee any more delays in the programme’.
Six Scorpene class submarines are being built under Project 75 by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL), Mumbai, under a $3.75 billion technology transfer signed in October 2005 with the Naval Group of France. However, the programme has been delayed by four years due to construction delays. On Tuesday, the Prime Minister’s Office conveyed its annoyance to the Defence Ministry for not taking stringent action against the Naval Group and MDSL for the delay.