Visakhapatnam: INS Vela, the fourth submarine in the series of six submarines of Project-75, was commissioned on Thursday in the presence of Admiral Karambir Singh, chief of the naval staff. The formal commissioning ceremony took place at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. INS Vela will be part of the Western Naval Command's submarine fleet.

The Scorpene class submarines are being built in India by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai in collaboration with Naval Group (earlier DCNS), France.

MP Arvind Sawant, flag officer commanding-in-chief of Western Naval Command Vice Admiral R. Hari Kumar, chairman and managing director of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad (Retd), and other senior civil and military officials of the ministry of Defence were present during the commissioning ceremony.

The crew of the erstwhile 'Vela', a Russian origin Foxtrot class submarine which was decommissioned in 2009, was also present.

The Scorpene submarines are extremely potent platforms. They have advanced stealth features and are also equipped with both long-range guided torpedoes as well as anti-ship missiles. These submarines have a state-of-the-art SONAR and sensor suite permitting outstanding operational capabilities. They also have an advanced Permanent Magnetic Synchronous motor (PERMASYN) as its propulsion motor.

The delivery of Vela is yet another affirmation of the impetus being given by the Indian Navy towards consolidating its position as a 'Builder's Navy' as also indicative of MDL's capabilities as a premier ship and submarine building yard. The commissioning of the submarine coincides with the 'Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' and 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh' celebrations.

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