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MDL delivers 3rd Scorpene Class submarine Karanj to Indian Navy

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  • MDL has delivered the third Scorpene Submarine 'Karanj' of Project P-75 to the Indian Navy

  • Karanj is a diesel-electric attack submarine and has advanced stealth and combat capabilities

New Delhi/Mumbai: Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered the third Scorpene Submarine of Project P-75 to the Indian Navy on February 15. The submarine will be commissioned into the Indian Navy as INS Karanj. The Acceptance Document has been signed by MDL’s Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) VAdm Narayan Prasad (AVSM, NM, IN Retd) and Indian Navy Western Naval Command’s Chief of Staff Officer (Tech) RAdm B Sivakumar (VSM) in the presence of other Directors of MDL and Navy personnel at MDL.

INS Karanj, a diesel-electric attack submarine, has advanced stealth and combat capabilities and has been built jointly by the MDL in collaboration with a French company.

With the delivery of Karanj, India further cements its position as a submarine building nation and MDL has lived up to its reputation as one of India’s leading shipyards with the capacity and capability to meet the requirements and aspirations of the Indian Navy in all dimensions. The delivery of three submarines namely, Khanderi, Kalvari and now Karanj, reaffirmed India’s membership in the exclusive group of submarine building nations.

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The fourth submarine, Vela, launched on May 16, 2019, has commenced her sea trials, fifth submarine Vagir, was launched on November 12, 2020, and has commenced her harbour sea trials whilst the sixth submarine is presently in the advanced stage of outfitting.

Two SSK submarines built by MDL in 1992 and 1994 are still in service today, after more than 25 years a clear testimony of MDL’s quality of construction. MDL also achieved expertise in submarine refits by successfully executing the Medium Refit-cum-Upgradation of all the four SSK class submarines of the Indian Navy. It is presently carrying out the Medium Refit and Life Certification of INS Shishumar, the first SSK submarine. 

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