The Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai today launched the INS Vagsheer, the last of six Scorpene-class submarines under Project 75. The submarine was launched by Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar.
After launch, the submarine undergoes an extensive and rigorous series of tests and trials over more than a year to ensure it is fully combat ready.
The first submarine ‘Vagsheer’, named after Sandfish, a deadly deep-sea predator of the Indian Ocean, was commissioned in December 1974. He was withdrawn from service in April 1997.
The new submarine is the latest incarnation of its earlier version, because according to the Navy, a ship never ceases to exist. Even after a ship/submarine is retired, a new ship/submarine replaces the old one with the same name.
In November 2020, the Navy commissioned the fourth submarine under Project-75. Sea trials for the fifth submarine began in February.
Scorpene-class submarines INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi and INS Karang have already been commissioned.
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