The Honourable Prime Minister
of India, Shri Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the
six Scorpene class submarines built under Project 75 (Kalvari Class) into the
Indian Navy at an impressive ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai today (14
Dec 17). The event marked the formal induction into the Navy of the first of
the six submarines being constructed at Mazagon Docks Ltd., in collaboration
with the French builder M/s Naval Group, says a release.
Shri Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, the
Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Mrs. Nirmala
Sitharaman, Raksha Mantri, Dr. Subhash Bhamre, Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri Ajit
Kumar Doval, National Security Advisior, Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the
Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Western Naval Command, Commodore Rakesh Anand (Retd.), CMD, MDL, Commodore
Subra-Manian (Retd.), Commanding Officer of erstwhile Kalvari (a Soviet Foxtrot
class submarine) and a host of other dignitaries were also present to witness
this historic and landmark occasion.
Upon arrival at Naval
Dockyard, Mumbai, the Prime Minster was received by the Chief of the Naval
Staff. The Prime Minster was presented a 100-man Guard of Honour and was
introduced to the ship’s officers and other dignitaries present. Congratulating
the people of India on this occasion, the Prime Minister described INS Kalvari
as a prime example of "Make in India." He commended all those
involved in its manufacture. He described the submarine as an excellent
illustration of the fast growing strategic partnership between India and
France. He said the INS Kalvari will add even more strength to the Indian Navy.
The Prime Minister said that the 21st century is described as Asia's century.
He added that it is also certain that the road to development in the 21st
century goes through the Indian Ocean. That is why the Indian Ocean has a
special place in the policies of the Government, he added. The Prime Minister
said this vision can be understood through the acronym SAGAR - Security and
Growth for All in the Region.
The Prime Minister said India
is fully alert with regard to its global, strategic and economic interests in
the Indian Ocean. He said that is why the modern and multi-dimensional Indian
Navy plays a leading role in promoting peace and stability in the region. He
said the ocean's innate potential adds economic muscle to our national
development. That is why, he added, India is well aware of the challenges such
as sea-borne terrorism, piracy, and drug trafficking, that not just India, but
other nations in the region also have to face. He said India is playing a key
role in tackling these challenges.
He said India believes that
the world is one family, and is fulfilling its global responsibilities. India
has played the role of "first responder" for its partner countries,
in times of crises, he added. He said the human face of Indian diplomacy and
Indian security establishment is our speciality. He said a strong and capable
India has a vital role to play for humanity. He said countries of the world
wish to walk with India on the path of peace and stability. The Prime Minister
said that the entire ecosystem related to defence and security has started to
change in the last three years. He said the skill-set accumulated during the
manufacture of INS Kalvari is an asset for India.
During his address, the Prime
Minister said that the Government's commitment has ensured that the long
pending issue of "One Rank One Pension" has been resolved. The Prime
Minister said that the Government's policies and the bravery of the Armed Forces
have ensured that the use of terrorism as a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir has
not been successful. The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to all those
who have dedicated their lives to the nation's security.
Congratulating the MDL for
restarting the production line of submarines once again, Mrs Nirmala
Sitharaman, the Raksha Mantri thanked the Yard workers, who she said “mattered
high on this day”. The process of submarine construction has again been started
in the country and it should not stop, the Raksha Mantri said. She emphasized
the need to avoid episodic starts and stops in the industry and maintain a pool
of skills needed to build high technology platforms within the country,
sustenance of which would lead to a virtuous cycle of betterment for Indian industry,
retention of skills and better peace dividends to the nation.
Welcoming the gathering,
Admiral Sunil Lanba stated that this commissioning marked a milestone in the
journey of the Indian Navy towards indigenous submarine building. The Indian
Navy is deeply committed to the principle of indigenisation and the
Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’. 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.
The Commissioning Warrant of
the submarine was thereafter read out by the Commanding Officer, Captain SD
Mehendale. 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
INS Kalvari is manned by a
team comprising 08 officers and 35 sailors with Captain SD Mehendale at the
helm as her first Commanding Officer. The commissioning will augment the
offensive capability of the Indian Navy, and the Western Naval Command in