INS Vagir has been commissioned into the Indian Navy. Built by the Indian shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai with technology transfer from France, INS Vagir is the fifth submarine of the Kalvari Class submarines.
The commissioning of INS Vagir comes against the backdrop of increasing presence of the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean.
Vagir derives the name from the ‘sand shark’, a deadly deep-sea predator of the Indian Ocean.
INS Vagir is a re-incarnation of the erstwhile Vagir, which served the Indian Navy for three decades.
- The ship was launched on 12 November 2020.
- The this indigenous submarine inherits its name from INS Vagir (S41) which served in the Navy from 1973–2001, and was named after a species of sandfish.
- Vagir started its maiden sea trials on 2 February, 2022, completing sea trials in 11 months
- The ship was commissioned on 23rd January 2023.[
- Vagir' means sand shark, which represents stealth and fearlessness,
- The induction of Vagir into the Indian Navy underscores the coming of age of India's shipbuilding industry.
- Equipped with some of the best sensors in the world, INS Vagir will boost the Indian Navy's capability to further India's maritime interests
- Vagshir submarine is the last of the Kalvari submarines.