Rajnath launches INS Khanderi

Defence minister Rajnath Singh commissioned the second Scorpene submarine, INS Khanderi, at the Naval Dock at Ballard Pier in Mumbai. Later, Singh hit out at Pakistan in a tweet: “Pakistan should understand that today with strong resolve of our government and advancement in Naval capacity with additions like INS Khanderi, we are capable of giving much bigger blow to it.”

Singh congratulated the Indian Navy and the Western Naval Command on induction of this combatant, and also for achieving operational preparedness prior to commissioning.

He said: “This is indeed a proud moment for the nation, the Indian Navy and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders... The name Khanderi is inspired by the dreaded ‘Sword Tooth Fish’ a deadly fish known to hunt whilst swimming close to the bottom of the ocean,” he said.

Singh tweeted: “...Our Navy will not pose any threat to any peace loving nation. In fact the Indian Navy wants to build a sense of confidence and mutual trust with all big small nations in the Indian Ocean Region”. He further tweeted: “While our progressive steps in Jammu and Kashmir are receiving global support, Pakistani PM have been running around door to door and creating content for cartoon makers.”

On the speculation of the possibility of another 26/11 type attack on India’s west coast, he said: “Such plans will not succeed here... We have to be on the guard.”

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