The commissioning of the first Scorpene-class submarine - "INS Kalvari" - into the Indian Navy reaffirms the giant strides taken under the "Make in India" programme, defence PSU Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) said today.
Modi said India was fully alert with regard to its global, strategic and economic interests in the Indian Ocean.
Commissioning of INS Kalvari, designed by France, into Indian Navy also strengthens India-France defence ties, PM Modi said.
That is why, he added, India is well aware of the challenges such as sea-borne terrorism, piracy, and drug trafficking, that not just India, but other nations in the region also have to face. He said countries of the world wish to walk with India on the path of peace and stability. That is why the modern and multi-dimensional Indian Navy is at the forefront of securing peace and security in the region, Modi stressed.
"Our speciality is the human face of Indian diplomacy and Indian defence technology", Modi said. Commissioning of Kalvari is a testimony of our resolve and these achievements are a result of the Indian Navy's proactive and integrated approach to achieve self-reliance, the Admiral said.More news: Smith to take Franken's Senate seat, run in 2018
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The Prime Minister said that the Government's commitment has ensured that the long pending issue of "One Rank One Pension" has been resolved.
Congratulating the MDL for restarting the production line of submarines once again, Defence Minister Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman, thanked the Yard workers, who she said "mattered high on this day". The Navy will have six such submarines by the year 2020. These are highly significant steps in the direction of "Make in India" and "Skill India".
Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and French Ambassador Alexandre Zeigler were present at the event.
The state-of-the-art features of the Scorpenes include superior stealth and ability to launch crippling attacks with precision-guided weapons.
INS Kalvari is named after the first submarine which was commissioned on December 8, 1967, and decommissioned on May 31, 1996, after three decades of service. It was decommissioned on May 31, 1996 after almost three decades of service.