New Delhi: India’s second Scorpene-class submarine INS Khanderi that has superior stealth and other major combat capabilities will be commissioned into service by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on September 28 in Mumbai, the Navy said on Tuesday.
Interacting with reporters here, Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, the vice chief of the Navy, also said that INS Nilgiri, the first ship of the P-17A frigates, would be launched on the occasion and an aircraft carrier drydock would be inaugurated by the minister.
He said with the commissioning of ‘Khanderi’ and launch of ‘Nilgiri’, the combat potential of Navy will “go up many fold”.
Also, the aircraft carrier drydock, housed within the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, is capable of docking India’s largest ship, INS Vikramaditya, and has the ability to maintain ships for decades to come, Kumar said.
“The three events lined up for September 28 are in line with our Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region),” Kumar told reporters.
INS Khanderi, the second Scorpene-class submarine that can attack with torpedoes as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles whilst underwater or on surface, was launched at the Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai in January 2017. The first Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari was commissioned into the Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2017. On the occasion, Modi had said Kalvari was an excellent example of ‘Make in India’ and will boost the Navy’s might.