PM Narendra Modi commissions INS Kalvari, dedicates to the country

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The submarine got its name from Malayalam word "Kalvari", which refers to the dreaded deep-sea tiger shark, Kalvari.

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday commissioned Scorpene-class submarine Kalvari into Navy in Mumbai.

Mr. Modi said India is fully alert with regard to its global, strategic and economic interests in the Indian Ocean. He said countries of the world wish to walk with India on the path of peace and stability.

"After nearly 20 years, India is getting such a submarine; it is a privilege for me to dedicate INS Kalvari to the country", the PM said.

The Prime Minister said India has made its contribution in tackling challenges like piracy, drug smuggling or illegal fishing. Yet they are most essential for peace & deterrence for our nation. Commissioning of Kalvari is a testimony of our resolve and these achievements are a result of the Indian Navy's proactive and integrated approach to achieve self-reliance, the Admiral said. Subsequently, hoisting of the Naval Ensign onboard for the first time and "Breaking of the Commissioning Pennant" with the National Anthem being played, marked the completion of the Commissioning Ceremony.

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"India has proven its capability to build submarines for the past 25 years. Making submarines benefits industry not only by itself through orders but also through stringent quality control", she said.

He was received at the airport by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

"The commissioning of INS Kalvari reaffirms the giant strides taken by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in the ongoing "Make In India" programme, which is being actively implemented by the Department of Defence Production (Ministry of Defence)", the MDL said in a statement.

The submarine has cutting-edge technology, which includes superior stealth features such as "advanced acoustic silencing techniques", the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons and low radiated noise.

It is the first of six such submarines that will be inducted into the Indian Navy, which represents a significant success for the "Make in India" initiative.