India’s second Scorpene-class submarine, INS Khanderi is waiting for a VIP to get inducted in the Indian Navy’s fleet. The submarine has completed all its sea trials and is ready to join the Mumbai-based western naval headquarters.
The induction is delayed as the new government at the Centre is likely to take charge at the end of this month after the election results are declared on May 23. The first Scorpene was commissioned in December 2017 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Another reason cited for the delay in induction is the retirement of Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 31. The chief designate Vice Admiral Karambir will assume office after that.
“The submarine is ready for induction after its all necessary acceptance trials. Initial plan was to commission it by the end of April. But, now a formal date of commissioning will be announced soon,” said a defence source. Read More