The commissioning ceremony of the indigenously built Scorpene-class submarine Vela will be held at Mumbai’s Naval Dockyard today. A day before the ceremony, Commanding Officer of INS Vela, Captain Anish Mathew said that it is a proud moment. He added that INS Vela has an indigenous set of batteries and an advanced communication suite of indigenous make, taking the concept of 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat' further.
It may be recalled that Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited has entered into a contract for construction and transfer of technology for six Scorpene-class submarines with French collaborator - Naval Group.INS Vela is the fourth in that series, following Kalvari, Khanderi and Karanj. This fourth warship is expected to further boost Indian capability to defend and secure its strategic sea lanes.