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India commissions its fifth Scorpene submarine

24th January 2023 - 08:31 GMT | by Rahul Bedi in Delhi


This photo shows INS Vagir on one of its sea trials before its commissioning on 23 January. (Indian Navy)

Just one more Project 75 submarine remains to be completed, after the fifth was commissioned into the Indian Navy.

The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Vagir, its fifth of six license-built Project 75 Kalvari-class diesel-electric conventional submarines, in Mumbai on 23 January.

Built by Mazagaon Dockyard Limited under a 2005 $3 billion technology transfer agreement with Naval Group, the 1,615t submarine will boost the IN’s capability in conducting ISR missions to deal a ‘decisive blow’ to the enemy in times of crisis, the navy declared.

Speaking at Vagir’s induction ceremony, the IN’s Chief of Staff Adm R. Hari Kumar stated that the SSK’s commissioning ‘underscored the coming of age of India’s shipbuilding industry and the maturing

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Rahul Bedi


Rahul Bedi

Rahul Bedi is a New Delhi-based journalist reporting for over 30 years on strategic, military, and security …

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