NEWS | INS Khanderi: India Launched Second Scorpene-Class Submarine

NEWS | INS Khanderi: India Launched Second Scorpene-Class Submarine

IndraStra Global Editorial Team

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On January 12, 2016, India has finally launched its second submarine of the Scorpene-class, christened INS Khanderi at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. 

Despite the data leak, the submarine was launched without any modification of its parameters.

Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre presided over the function to initiate the launch of Khanderi (Yard 11876). The submarine was launched by the Union minister's wife, Bina Bhamre. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba was also present on the occasion when the submarine was separated from the pontoon on which it was assembled.

As a part of Project 75 of Indian Navy under which six submarines are being built. Khanderi is named after the Island Fort of erstwhile Maratha warriors, which played a crucial role in ensuring their supremacy at sea in the late 17th Century.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Subhash Bhamre said that Project 75 Kalvari is a key milestone in self-reliance and indigenisation for the country. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff said during his address that the fact that Submarine "Khanderi" compares with the best in the world, speaks highly of the experience and expertise our shipbuilders have gained over the years.

He added that as Indian Navy celebrates Golden Jubilee of the submarine arm in 2017, the induction of Project 75 submarines would mark the beginning of a new chapter in our submarine capabilities.

The first of the class submarine, Kalvari is presently undergoing sea trials and likely to be commissioned into Navy by Mid 2017. These submarines, post induction, would form the core of Indian Navy’s conventional Submarine Arm.


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