Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India's first modern conventional submarine, INS Kalvari, into Navy's fleet in Mumbai on Thursday, a first in almost two decades.
Lauding the efforts of the Navy from disaster management to combating piracy, Mr. Modi said "be it terrorism via sea, piracy, drug smuggling or illegal fishing, India is playing an important role in combating them."
"I call it SAGAR — security and growth for all in the region," he added.
Kalvari is an excellent example of ‘Make in India’, said Mr. Modi and assured that every defence vehicle from helicopter to submarines will be made in India.
Kalvari is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by MDL in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.
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