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In a significant stride towards enhancing its maritime capabilities, the Indian Navy is gearing up to welcome its sixth and final Kalvari class submarine, Vaghsheer, into its illustrious fleet. With sea trials already underway, Vaghsheer is poised to join the naval force by March 2024, as confirmed by Sanjeev Singhal, Director (Finance) at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).

The commencement of sea trials for Vaghsheer on May 18, 2023, marked a crucial milestone in the journey of the Kalvari class submarines. Launched with precision and grandeur in April of the previous year from the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of MDL, the submarine is a testament to India’s indigenously advanced shipbuilding capabilities.

The Kalvari class submarines, a cornerstone of India’s maritime defense strategy, are a result of a collaborative effort between the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai and the Naval Group of France. These submarines embody the spirit of technical excellence and strategic vision, aimed at ensuring the nation’s maritime security in a rapidly evolving geopolitical environment.

Five of the Kalvari class submarines have already been commissioned into the Indian Navy, and Vaghsheer is poised to complete this formidable fleet. The submarines, named after a deep-sea predator fish, stand as a symbol of India’s commitment to strengthening its naval forces and securing its maritime interests.

As Vaghsheer embarks on its sea trials, it will undergo rigorous testing of all its systems in real-world conditions. Propulsion systems, weapons, sensors, and other critical components will be meticulously evaluated to ensure optimal performance. These trials are a critical phase, where the submarine’s readiness for actual operational duties will be assessed and validated.

Once these trials are successfully completed, Vaghsheer will be commissioned into the Indian Navy, adding a new dimension to the nation’s maritime capabilities. Its state-of-the-art technology, advanced weaponry, and strategic design will make it a formidable asset in safeguarding India’s maritime interests and maintaining regional stability.

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