With an aim to improve its underwater capabilities Indian Navy on Monday launched fourth stealth class submarine INS Vela for sea trials from the Kanhoji Angre wet basin of Mazagon Dock Limited at Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in 2005 had entered into contract with French collaborater Ms Naval Group for construction of six scorpene class submarines for Indian Navy. Till date Indian Navy is given four scorpene class submarines which include INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, INS Karanj and INS Vela. INS Vagir and INS Vagsheer are still to be launched. The ceremony was conducted in presence of Ajay Kumar (Defence secretary production) as Chief Guest and his wife Veena Ajay Kumar launched the submarine at Mazagon Dock Limited.
About INS Vela
- INS Vela is country’s oldest submarine which was commissioned in Indian Navy on August 30, 1973 and after serving 37 years on June 25, 2010 it was decommissioned.
- The scorpene class submarine INS Vela is equipped with advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels and hydro-dynamically optimized shape.
- The scorpene class submarine of Indian Navy INS Vela has capability to launch solid attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.
- INS Vela has capability to attack underwater or on surface with torpedoes and tube launched Anti ship missiles.
- The scorpene class submarine INS Vela can carry out different types of missions which includes Anti-Submarine warfare, Anti-Surface warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance etc.