Indian Navy Commissions INS Vela
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Indian Navy Commissions INS Vela

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Indian Navy Commissions INS Vela

On November 25, 2021, INS Vela (S40), the fourth submarine in the series of six submarines of Project-75, was commissioned in the presence of Admiral Karambir Singh, Indian Navy's Chief of the Naval Staff. The formal commissioning ceremony took place at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.  

According to a press release, "The commissioning of the 4th in-class submarine is a major milestone achieved today. INS Vela would form part of the Western Naval Command’s Submarine fleet and would be another potent part of its arsenal".

Admiral Karambir Singh, Indian Navy's Chief of the Naval Staff

It is a diesel-electric attack submarine based on the Scorpène-class, designed by French naval defense and energy group Naval Group (earlier DCNS) and manufactured by Mazagon Dock Limited, an Indian shipyard in Mumbai. The ship was launched on  May 6, 2019. The submarine was delivered to the Indian Navy on November 9, 2021, from Yard 11878 of MDL.

The Scorpène submarines are extremely potent platforms, they have advanced stealth features and are also equipped with both long-range guided torpedoes as well as anti-ship missiles. These submarines have a state-of-the-art SONAR and sensor suite permitting outstanding operational capabilities. They also have an advanced Permanent Magnetic Synchronous motor (PERMASYN) as their propulsion motor.

The submarine inherits its name from INS Vela (S40) which served in the Navy from 1973–2010 and was the lead ship of the Vela-classVela is the name of an Indian fish from the stingray species known for its aggression and offensive power, and the ability to camouflage itself from predators. The ship's mascot is a sub-ray, a portmanteau of submarine and stingray.

Indian Navy Commissions INS Vela

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