INS Vela, the fourth submarine in the series of six submarines of Project-75, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on November 25 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 would form part of the Western Naval Command’s Submarine fleet and would be another potent part of its arsenal. The new Vela carries forward the legacy of her namesake, the erstwhile INS Vela which was commissioned on 31 Aug 1973 as the lead boat of Vela class submarines.
Member of Parliament Arvind Sawant, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, 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 of INS Vela.
The crew of the erstwhile ‘Vela’, a Russian-origin Foxtrot Class Submarine, which was decommissioned in 2009, was also present.
ABOUT SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE
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 their propulsion motor.
Vela has taken the ‘Make in India’ spirit a notch higher with indigenised battery cells, which power a very silent, permanently magnetised propulsion motor. The construction of the submarine under the supervision of an in-house design overseeing team of MDL, naval engineers from Submarine Design Group (SDG), Submarine Overseeing Team (SOT) and the training crew by Indian Training Team (ITT) is a major milestone towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’
Upgrading its submarine operations and the naval fleet has been the top priority for the Indian Navy in wake of the increased presence of Chinese vessels in the Indian Ocean Region.
NEW INS VELA CARRIES FORWARD THE LEGACY
The old Vela was in service for 37 years and was the longest operational submarine at the time of decommissioning on 25 Jan 2010.
Apart from being a training ground for many submariners, she had several noteworthy operational achievements during her long and illustrious career.
The Vela, in its new avatar, is capable of undertaking offensive operations spanning across the entire spectrum of maritime warfare. “Once dived, she is truly poised for the kill with very impressive stealth and strength. Vela is fitted with advanced weapons and sensors. All of these are integrated into the Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System known as SUBTICS,” the navy said.
Once a target is classified, the submarine may choose to engage it using either her sea-skimming missiles.
The submarine’s motto “VIGILANT, VALIANT, VICTORIOUS” epitomizes the submarine’s spirit for achieving the tasks at hand. The motto inspires the crew to always prepare to face and surmount all challenges the submarine faces, and emerge triumphant every time.