The Indian Navy on Thursday commissioned submarine INS Vela, adding more teeth to the country’s naval prowess.
“The submarine’s motto ‘Vigilant, Valiant, Victorious’ epitomizes the submarine’s spirit in achieving the tasks at hand. The motto inspires the crew to the alert and prepared always to face and surmount all challenges the submarine faces and emerge triumphant every time,” the Navy said in a statement today.
The submarine was commissioned in the presence of Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh at the Noval Dockyard in Mumbai. The Navy chief said that INS Vela has the ability to undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations.
Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Thursday said INS Vela, the fourth Scorpene-class submarine, will play a crucial role in enhancing the Navy’s ability to protect the nation’s maritime interests.
“INS Vela has the ability to undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations. Given today’s dynamic and complex security situation, its capability and firepower will play a crucial role in enhancing Navy’s ability to protect India’s maritime interests,” Singh said.
The Navy chief said that the P-75 project represents the growing strategic congruence between India and France.
“Today’s commissioning marks another high point in this enduring partnership. We crossed halfway mark of Project 75,” he said.
This is the second major induction in the Indian Navy in less than a week. Earlier, INS Visakhapatnam was inducted into the Indian Navy on November 21.