In just over a year from today, the Indian Navy will add fifth Scorpene submarine to its fleet, a serious addition to the sagging conventional underwater fighting capabilities, taking the strength to 17 by 2021. This has been made possible with the successful launch of the vessel in waters today at the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).
India’s Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik‘s wife Vijaya Naik did the honours, in the presence of Indian Navy’s Chief of Material Vice Admiral S. R. Sarma, Inspector General Nuclear Safety Vice Admiral S. V. Bokhare and Mumbai-based Western Naval Command’s Chief of Staff Vice Admiral R. B. Pandit.
MDL’s Chairman and Managing Director Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad (Retired) told the gathering that the Defence Public Sector Undertaking is ready to competitively bid for the future naval projects, including the next generation submarine programme of the Indian Navy codenamed Project 75(I) for which it has been shortlisted, based on the state-run shipyard’s infrastructure, skilled workforce and rich experience.
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