ins-vagir Monday, in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. Hari Kumar, the Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd.-built INS Vagir, the fifth submarine in the Kalvari Class, was commissioned into the Indian Navy.

The INS Vagir, which means “sand shark” in Sanskrit and represents the Navy’s stealth and courage, was developed in India with the help of French technology.

Officials claimed it would strengthen the Navy’s capacity to advance Indian maritime interests in deterring adversaries and for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance to deal a crushing blow in times of crisis.

The Indian Navy’s newest submarine, INS Vagir, has cutting-edge weaponry, including the world’s most advanced sensors, mine-laying wire-guided torpedoes, and sub-surface-to-surface missiles capable of destroying an entire opposing fleet.

And according to the authorities, it can also launch marine commandos for special ops, has a cutting-edge torpedo decoy system, and can fast charge batteries for stealth missions with its powerful diesel engines.

The INS Vagir is the successor to a submarine with the same name that was commissioned in November 1973 and retired in January 2001 after thirty years of valiant service to the nation.

The Indian Navy’s Project-75 calls for the indigenous building of six Scorpene-class submarines, including the INS Vagir. Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has already commissioned four submarines of the Kalvari class.

Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vagir was built in India by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited of Mumbai in conjunction with the French naval firm Naval Group.

The original “Vagir” was commissioned on November 1, 1973, and since then has completed a wide variety of deterrent patrols and operational missions in the Indian Ocean (IOR). After 30 years of service, the submarine was retired in January 2001.

When it was re-launched on November 12, 2020, it was given the name Vagir, and by February 2022, it had made its first sea mission.

The submarine has passed a series of rigorous acceptance checks and tough sea testing before being put into service. To a submariner, “The Sand Shark” (Vagir) is a symbol of “Stealth and Fearlessness,” two attributes that go hand in hand.

The INS Vagir, as reported by CDR Divakar S, may be sent both along the coast and out in the middle of the ocean. According to ANI, CDR Divakar promised that the ship “would be ready to meet all the criteria of the Navy and the country.”

Notably, the induction of Vagir is another step toward the Indian Navy consolidating its position as a builder’s Navy. It also reflects MDL’s premier ship and submarine building yard capabilities.