Yard 11879, the fifth of the Indian Navy’s Kalvari class submarines of Project 75, was launched on Wednesday, at the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). Shripad Yesso Naik, MoS Defence, was the Chief Guest at the ceremony and the submarine was named ‘Vagir’ in accordance with the Naval traditions by Vijaya Shripad Naik.
The ceremony was undertaken via Video Conferencing between MDL at Mumbai and with the Chief Guest conducting the launch by remote from Goa. The ceremony was also attended by senior naval officers and dignitaries both from Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy), Headquarters Western Naval Command and officials from Naval Group, France.
The first two submarines of the Project-75 have been commissioned into the Navy and the third and fourth submarines are progressing their Sea Trials. After its launch today, Vagir will commence with the setting to work of various equipment and the Harbour Acceptance Trials. The crew will subsequently sail the submarine for the Sea Acceptance Trials after which the submarine would be delivered to the Navy.