It was a special day for the Indian Navy when it commissioned the 4th “Scorpene’’ ‘’class submarine “Vela” on Thursday (November 25, 2021) in Mumbai in the existence of the outbound Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh. Captain Anish Mathew is the Commanding Officer designate of INS Vela.
The `Vela’ officially inducted in the Indian Navy as `INS Vela’ is the 4th P75 Kalvari-class submarine to be commissioned, based upon the Naval Group Scorpene style. It is the 2nd Kalvari-class submarine to be commissioned this year. INS Vela now signs up with Kalvari, Khanderi and Karanj which were commissioned respectively in December 2017, September 2019 and March 2021.
During building of the submarine it was designated as ‘Yard 11878’ and was developed at the state- owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL). The building of the submarine has actually been performed in cooperation with the M/s Naval Group of France, through Transfer of Technology (TODDLER) and under the guidance of the internal style managing group of MDL. Also present throughout the building of the boat were marine engineers from Submarine Design Group (SDG), Submarine Overseeing Team (SOT) and training team by Indian Training Team (ITT).
Also associated with the procedure of the submarine construct, numerous Indian business were included under the Make in India effort.
It all began on July 14, 2009 with the very first cutting of steel. This was followed by the launch of the sub and called as `Vela’ on May 6, 2019. After finishing substantial trials of the weapons systems, and the entire equipment, the state-owned shipyard handed it over to the Indian Navy previously this month.
What is commissioning?
It is an old ritualistic custom that is followed and is among the most crucial actions that is related to the submarine/ship coming to life.
Once the commissioning is done, the submarine will be entitled to fly the marine ensign and the nationwide flag. And it will be officially acknowledged as the genuine and sovereign agent of India.
More about Vela
It continues the tradition of her name. On August 31, 1973, the erstwhile INS Vela was commissioned as the lead boat of Vela class subs. And it was decommissioned in 2010 after serving the country for 37 years, making it the longest serving sub.
Man o War
The new Vela is powerful and has the ability of carrying out offending operations covering throughout the whole spectrum of maritime warfare. Once it goes deep in, the most recent sub is geared up to eliminate with stealth and strength.
What is onboard?
It has the most innovative weapons and sensing units. These have actually been incorporated into the Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System called SUBTICS.
Sea skimming rockets likewise called Flying Fish or heavy weight wire – directed torpedoes can be utilized to strike at the determined target.
Make in India
Several devices fitted on board is made in India by extremely certified and trained commercial Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). These form the noise base of the submarine structure environment in the nation.
The boat is fitted with indigenised battery cells. This assists to power up an extremely quiet completely magnetised propulsion motor.
Symbolising India’s abundant maritime history, the conventional crest for Indian Naval ships includes 3 sail ships on top.
More about the Crest
According to the Indian Navy, the ribbon of crown portrays the Ashoka wheel. This is surrounded by a horse and a bull and a ring of lotus buds surrounds the special concept of each ship.
What does Vela indicate?
It is a kind of Indian fish which comes from the Stingray household, which is understood for its hostility, offending power and hostility. This class of fish can camouflage itself to the predators swimming above as it sits at the bottom ocean.
Fish swimming throughout the blue seas is the crest of Vela.
It is Sub-ray – a mix of submarine and the stingray, illustrating the Sub-ray in the sea and it has the nationwide flag as the background – this represents the boat being committed to the nation’s cause.
WATCHFUL, WORTHY, TRIUMPHANT – The Motto
It will influence the team to be constantly prepared to deal with all obstacles. And, to be alert and emerge victorious whenever.
Who existed throughout the event?
The event remained in the existence of MDL’s Chairman & Managing Director, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad (Retd), and numerous senior officers of the Indian Navy and other dignitaries consisting of Naval Group’s Executive Vice President for International Development, Mr Alain Guillou and the regional groups.
From Naval Group of France
On the commissioning, Alain Guillou, EVP International Development at Naval Group, praised the MDL and groups of Naval Group, and revealed dedication of the Naval Group to assist in improving the level of indigenization in future jobs.
In a main declaration provided by the France based business, Mr Guillou stated that the business is happy to be part of the P75 Kalvari program, which is a significant part of the Indo-French collaboration.