INS Karanj, India's third Kalvari class submarine, commissioned at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai
Mumbai, March 11, 2021
INS Karanj, the Indian Navy’s third stealth Scorpene-class submarine, was commissioned on Wednesday at the Naval Dockyard Mumbai at a formal commissioning ceremony.
Admiral V S Shekhawat (Retd), former Chief of the Naval Staff, who was part of the commissioning crew of the old Karanj and later the Commanding officer during the 1971 India-Pakistan war, was the chief guest at the ceremony.
Six Scorpene-class submarines are being built in India by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with Naval Group, France. INS Karanj would form part of the Western Naval Command’s submarine fleet and would be another potent part of the Command’s arsenal, a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, and other senior officers from the Indian Navy and the Ministry were among those who witnessed the commissioning ceremony.
The crew of the first "Karanj", a Russian origin Foxtrot class submarine which was decommissioned in 2003, were also special invitees for the ceremony.
During his address, Admiral Karambir Singh said, “This impetus to Indigenisation and AatmaNirbharBharat (Self-Reliant India) is a fundamental tenet of Indian Navy’s growth story and future operational capabilities.”
Admiral Shekhawat also highlighted India’s push towards AatmaNirbharta by saying “we live in an India launching numerous satellites, building nuclear submarines, manufacturing vaccines for the worlds - the new Karanj is another example of it.”
This year is being celebrated as the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ which marks 50 years of the 1971 war. The old INS Karanj, commissioned on September 1969 at Riga in the erstwhile USSR, also took an active part in the conflict under the Command of then Cdr VS Shekhawat.
In recognition of the valiant action, her oﬃcers and crew were decorated, including the award of Vir Chakra to Cdr VS Shekhawat.
Interestingly, the commissioning Commanding Officer of the old INS Karanj Cdr MNR Samant, later on, became the first Chief of The Naval Staff of the newly formed Bangladesh Navy in the year 1971.
The Scorpene Submarines are one of the most advanced conventional submarines in the world. These platforms are equipped with the latest technologies in the world. More deadly and stealthier than their predecessors, these submarines are equipped with potent weapons and sensors to neutralise any threat above or below the sea surface.
"The induction of Karanj is another step towards the Indian Navy, consolidating its position as a builder’s Navy, as also is a reflection of MDL’s capabilities as a ship and submarine building yard of the world. Project – 75 also marks a critical milestone in the Yard’s continued importance in the field of Defence Production," the release added.