Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inducted the country's largest ever indigenously built warship, INS Kolkata, into the Navy at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.
"In the age of science and technology, intelligence and security is of utmost importance. INS Kolkata is the biggest indigenous warship in our fleet. Through this commissioning, we are providing a glimpse of India's strength to the world," Modi said in his address to the sailors.
He added: "INS Kolkata is a prime example of India's technical abilities. Our Naval officers have prepared a fine vessel of communication in this modern age. Let India be powerful and let our armed forces never fall behind in the world."
The 6,800-tonne stealth destroyer is a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy, which will include follow-on ships by the names of INS Kochi and INS Chennai. It is fitted with the most advanced weapons systems, including anti-submarine technology.