Khanderi, the second of Indian Navy’s Scorpene’ class stealth submarine,
was ‘launched’ by Minister of state for
Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre paving the way for her sea trials. Admiral Sunil
Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and a host of other dignitaries witnessed the
launch at Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited on January 12.
The submarine is expected to be delivered to the Navy by the year end. She has
been christened after her illustrious predecessor, an erstwhile ‘Foxtrot’ class
submarine decommissioned in 1989, which is as per the traditions of Indian
The construction of six Scorpene submarines is presently being progressed
at Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited (MDL), under Project 75 with Transfer of
Technology from M/s DCNS, France as the Collaborator. The first of the class
submarine, Kalvari is presently undergoing sea trials and likely to be
commissioned into Navy by Mid 2017. These submarines, post induction, would
form the core of Navy’s conventional Submarine Arm.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Subhash Bhamre said that Project 75 Kalvari is
a key milestone in self reliance and indigenisation for the country. Chief of
Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba said that the fact that Submarine ‘’Khanderi”
compares with the best in the world, speaks highly of the experience and
expertise our shipbuilders have gained over the years.
He added that as Indian Navy celebrates Golden Jubilee of the submarine arm
in 2017, the induction of Project 75 submarines would mark the beginning of a
new chapter in our submarine capabilities.
The launching of Khanderi also marks a critical milestone event for the
Shipyard which earlier has delivered two Shishumar class submarines in the 90’s
and has now strengthened its position as a submarine building yard for Indian
Navy. Started as a small dry dock facility for East India Company, MDL today
has established itself as a forefront Defence Public Sector Undertaking, with
indigenous construction of several ships and submarines for Navy such as P 15 B
Destroyers and P 17 A class stealth Frigates being the latest.