New Delhi (NVI): In yet another boost to the Indian Navy amid the India China border tensions, the fifth Scorpene class submarine ‘Vazir’ was today launched at Mazagaon Dock in Mumbai.
Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik launched the indigenously built Scorpene class submarine of Project 75 through video conferencing.
#WATCH The fifth Scorpene #submarine Vagir of Project 75 being launched into the sea at Mazagon Dock #Mumbai#MakeInIndia #AatmaNirbharBharat @DDNewslive @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/PDdxkoODkE
— PRO Defence Mumbai (@DefPROMumbai) November 12, 2020
The development, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, will further establish India as a Submarine buidling nation.
Vice Admiral R B Pandit, Western Naval Command Chief, was also present on the occasion.
Today at Mazgaon Dock Ltd’s 5th Scorpene class submarine of Project 75 – ‘#Vagir‘ has been launched by Smt. Vijaya Shripad Naik.
This development project further cements India as a Submarine Building Nation and step towards#AatmaNirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/2hhuGh2jKg
— Shripad Y. Naik (@shripadynaik) November 12, 2020
Vagir is part of the six Kalvari-class submarines designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS. They are being built as part of Indian Navy’s Project-75.
The Defence public sector undertaking (PSU) Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDSL) was assigned the task to build six Scorpene-class submarines. Before this, INS Kalvari- India’s deadliest Scorpene class submarine- the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, was launched in 2015 and commissioned into the Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017.
The 5th of #IndianNavy‘s Kalvari Class submarines (Project 75) launched today #12Nov 20.
Named ‘Vagir’ in accordance with the Naval traditions by Smt Vijaya Shripad Naik. Hon’ble Rajya Raksha Mantri @shripadynaik, was Chief Guest & joined via VC.#AtmaNirbharBharat@makeinindia https://t.co/gLWR3Hnj4Z pic.twitter.com/6QOK5AJ3BZ
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) November 12, 2020
Vagir’s launch takes place amid India-China border tensions and China’s growing assertiveness in the Indian Ocean region.