The fourth of six Kalvari (Scorpene) class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK) was commissioned into the Indian navy. The 75 m-long submarine INS Vela was put into operation on November 25, after more than two years of launching at the naval shipyard in Mumbai. INS Vela, was commissioned into the Navy in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh at a ceremony in Mumbai.
The sea trials of Vela were delayed due to COVID 19, which led to a delay in its commissioning.
Vela is named after a decommissioned submarine Vela, which served the Navy from 1973 to 2010. The earlier Vela belonged to Foxtrot class submarine of Soviet origin.
The hull fabrication of all six submarines is now complete, and the first submarine was commissioned on 14 December 2017. As of February 2021, the remaining boats are expected to be delivered by late 2022 or early 2023. After INS Kalvari, two more submarines under the contract, INS Khanderi and INS Karanj, were commissioned. Vela is the fourth, and sea trials are ongoing for Vagir, while the sixth, Vagsheer, is under construction at Mazagon Dock Limited.