In a major boost to the Indian Navy’s firepower, the newly inducted scorpene-class submarine INS Vela and destroyer ship INS Vishakhapatnam will be commissioned soon. The first stealth guided-missile destroyer ship INS Vishakhapatnam would be commissioned in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday (November 21) in Mumbai, informed Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral Satish N Ghormade.
“We are ready for INS Visakhapatnam’s commissioning on November 21; our indigenous content is the highest today. After commissioning, we will continue with a few more trials and will be one with the fleet,” Capt Birendra Singh Bains, Commanding Officer (designate) of INS Visakhapatnam said on Saturday.
“We have improved our onboard machinery, various auxiliaries, weapon systems, & sensors; our guns & torpedoes are fired,” he added.
Four days later, the fourth submarine of Project-75 Vela is also scheduled to be commissioned on November 25 by the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, the Navy Vice Chief said.
The commissioning of these warships would soon be followed by the launch of the first ship of the Survey Vessel Large project, Sandhayak in early December.