2nd Scorpene submarine launched in Mumbai

“The day is not far off when India will build submarines for other nations,” Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said.

By Author   |   Published: 12th Jan 2017   11:56 am Updated: 12th Jan 2017   1:43 pm
Scorpene Submarine
Launch of the Indian Navy Scorpene Class Submarine ' Khanderi' at Mazagon Dock Shipyard in Mumbai. Photo: IANS

Mumbai: INS Khanderi, the second of the indigenously-built Kalvari Class submarine was launched at the Mazagaon Docks Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) here on Thursday morning.

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, top defence and Indian Navy officials were present to witness the momentous development as the country enters the golden jubilee year of the navy’s Submarine Arm this year.

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff (R) and Indian politician Subhash Bhamre (C) at the launch of the Indian Navy Scorpene Class Submarine ‘ Khanderi’ at Mazagon Dock Shipyard in Mumbai. Photo: IANS

“The day is not far off when India will build submarines for other nations,” Bhamre said on the occasion as the vessel was separated from the pontoon where it was being assembled to setting it afloat.

The new submarine would, till December, undergo rigorous tests and trials in the harbor and at sea, on surface and underwater, testing each system to its fullest capacity, before she would be commissioned into the Indian Navy.