The Indian Navy has reportedly announced that it would commission its third Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj on 10 March.

The submarine completed sea trials and was handed over to the service last month. It was launched in January 2018.

INS Karanj was built at Mazagon Dock in Mumbai, India, using the technology and training provided by French naval shipbuilding firm DCNS.

Two submarines of the class, named INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi, have already been commissioned into service.

INS Kalvari, the first submarine in the class, was undocked in April 2015 and was launched in October of the same year.

INS Khanderi is the second submarine that was launched in January 2017.

A defence spokesperson was quoted by The Times of India publication as saying: “Submarine Karanj is going to get commissioned on March 10 after she completed rigorous sea and harbour tests and is fitted with all the armament.

“The time taken for constructing the sub-sections of the third submarine was lesser than that has been taken in the previous two submarines, INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi.”

The Indian Navy’s Project 75I (P75I) is a Scorpene submarine development programme for six latest-generation attack boats.

The vessels are designed for missions such as area surveillance, intelligence gathering, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and minelaying operations.