New submarine INS Vela to boost Navy’s underwater combat arm

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India’s depleting underwater combat arm will get a boost with the commissioning of the fourth diesel-electric Scorpene submarine as INS Vela in Mumbai on Thursday. Under the over Rs 23,000 crore `Project-75’ under way at Mazagon Docks with French collaboration for construction of six Scorpene submarines, the Navy has commissioned three vessels, INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, and INS Karanj, till now.