The INS Vagsheer, the sixth and last Scorpene Class (Kalvari Class) submarine of Indian Navy under the Project 75, was launched on 20 April in Mumbai.
The Submarine was launched at the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).
“Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, was the Chief Guest at the ceremony and the submarine named ‘Vagsheer’ was launched by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar, in keeping with Naval traditions of launch/naming by a lady,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
Senior naval officers including Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command Vice Admiral AB Singh, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral SN Ghormade and other defence officials were also present at the ceremony.
INS Kalvari, the first of the Project-75 submarines, was commissioned into the Navy in December 2017 and presently four submarines of this Project are in commission in the Indian Navy.
The fifth submarine, INS Vagir, is progressing with the sea trials and is likely to be delivered this year.
INS Vagsheer, the sixth submarine, will now commence setting to work of various equipment and their harbour trials. “The crew will thereafter sail the submarine for the rigorous Sea Acceptance Trials after which the submarine would be delivered to the Indian Navy by late next year,” the ministry said.