India Launches Sixth Scorpene Submarine ‘Vagsheer’

Yard 11880, the sixth and last submarine of the Indian Navy’s Kalvari class submarines of Project 75 has been launched today at the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). Dr Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary was the Chief Guest at the ceremony and the submarine named ‘Vagsheer’ was launched by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar, in keeping with Naval traditions of launch/ naming by a lady.

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The ceremony was attended by senior naval officers including Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command Vice Admiral AB Singh, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral SN Ghormade and dignitaries both from Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy), Headquarters Western Naval Command and officials from Director General De Ĺ Armament, France and Naval Group, France.

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The first of the Project – 75 submarines was commissioned into the Navy in December 2017 and presently four submarines of this Project are in commission in the Indian Navy. The fifth submarine is progressing with the Sea Trials and is likely to be delivered this year.

The sixth submarine will now commence setting to work of various equipment and their harbour trials. The crew will thereafter sail the submarine for the rigorous Sea Acceptance Trials after which the submarine would be delivered to the Indian Navy by late next year.

All About The Indian Navy Active Submarines

Kalvari Class

INS Kalvari is the first of the six Scorpene class submarines built under Project 75. The Submarine was commissioned on 14 December 2017.

NamePennant No.Date of Commission
KalvariS 2101 May 2016
KhanderiS.2212 Jan 2017
KaranjS 2331 Jan 2018
VelaS 2406 May 2019
VagirS 2512 Nov 2020
INS Karanj10 March 2021
Vagsheer20 April 2022

Chakra Class

INS Chakra is an 8,140-tonne Akula class, nuclear-powered submarine..The submarine was commissioned on 04 April, 2012.

NamePennant No.Date of Commission
ChakraS 7104 Apr 2012

Sindhughosh Class

Sindhughosh class submarines are the Kilo class diesel-electric submarines. They are designated 877EKM, and were built under a contract between Rosvooruzhenie and the Ministry of Defence (India).

The submarines have a displacement of 3,000 tonnes, a maximum diving depth of 300 meters, top speed of 18 knots, and are able to operate solo for 45 days with a crew of 53.

NamePennant NoDate of Commission
SindhugoshS 5530 Apr 1986
SindhudhvajS 5612 Jun 1987
SindhurajS 5720 Oct 1987
SindhuvirS 5811 Jun 1988
SindhuratnaS 5922 Dec 1988
SindhukesariS 6016 Feb 1989
SindhukirtiS 6104 Jan 1990
SindhuvijayS 6208 Mar 1991
SindhushashtraS 6519 Jul 2000

Shishumar Class

The Shishumar class vessels (Type 1500) are diesel-electric submarines..These submarines are developed by the German yard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW).The first two of these vessels were built by HDW at Kiel, while the remainder have been built at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) Mumbai. The ships were commissioned between 1986 and 1994. These submarines have a displacement of 1660 tons when surfaced, a speed of 22 knots (41 km/h), and a complement of 40 including eight officers. The submarines has the provision of an IKL-designed escape system.

NamePennant No.Date of Commissioning
ShishumarS 4422 Sep 1986
ShankushS 4520 Nov 1986
ShalkiS 4607 Feb 1992
ShankulS 4728 May 1994

NOTE:-All Submarines are prefixed with letters ‘INS’ when being referred to by their Indian Navy designated Names

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