Rajnath Singh, India’s defence minister, got a firsthand look at the country’s undersea capabilities. Singh, 70, spent nearly three hours under the Arabian Sea aboard the Kalveri, also known as the Scropene class submarine INS Khanderi. The defence minister is in Karwar for a two-day tour, which will be Asia’s largest naval facility by 2025.
The Indian Navy’s largest naval base on the west coast, as well as the largest naval installation east of the Suez Canal, is being built at Karwar as part of Project Seabird. It will cover over 11000 acres and will be the largest naval base east of the Suez Canal. INS Kadamba will eventually house approximately 30 vessels and submarines. Karwar will be the home port for INS Vikrant, an indigenous aircraft carrier, as well as India’s only aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya.
“During my sea sortie with the INS Khanderi, I had a tremendous and thrilling experience. Rajnath Singh said after his three-hour underwater mission, “I spent hours under the sea and experienced the combat capabilities and offensive strength of the state-of-the-art Kalvari class submarine.” He also stated that he feels more confident in India’s security now that he has firsthand knowledge of the Indian Navy’s underwater capabilities.
“The Indian Navy is a modern, potent, and credible force that can remain watchful, gallant, and successful in any situation,” he said, adding that the Indian navy’s preparations are not a provocation to any aggression, but rather a guarantee of regional peace and stability. After embarking on INS Vikramaditya in September 2019 and conducting a sortie on the P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti Submarine Warfare aircraft earlier this month, the defence minister has now seen firsthand the Indian Navy’s three-dimensional fighting capacity.
According to naval authorities, the Karwar naval will be able to support a number of big warships, submarines, and yard boats. Dry berths for ships and submarines were covered by specialised dockyard repair and maintenance facilities, and new technologically advanced security and communication systems are being designed. The Naval Air Station is also being extended to accommodate civil flight operations, with numerous runways and hangers.