Country’s first ever armed nuclear submarine, INS Arihant is now undergoing sea acceptance trials, going by the reports from the senior Naval officials. After passing several deep sea diving drills, the submarine is now under the acceptance trials. This was confirmed by HCS Bisht, Flag Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command while speaking to the media in Visakhapatnam.
“The submarine will be commissioned after completing all the sea-trials,” the officer said.
INS Arihant, a 6,000-tonne submarine, is the country’s first indigenous nuclear submarine that can launch nuclear weapons from underwater. The vessel was built under the Advanced Technology Vessel Project at the Ship Building Centre in Visakhapatnam.
Confirming that Indian Navy has presently adequate ship strength, submarines and manpower, Bisht said that nearly 45 ships are under-construction in various shipyards in the country.
Navy had successfully conducted the International Fleet Review lately, with the support of various agencies that include Andhra Pradesh state government and Vizag district administration.
Vice Admiral Bisht also confirmed that Indian Navy’s warship INS Viraat will be decommissioned this year and will be converted into a maritime museum.
“After decommissioning the ship will be handed over to the Andhra Pradesh government,” he said.
Also, local lawmakers, legislators and several residents sailed on-board the Eastern Fleet ships and witnessed various Naval exercises as part of the ‘Day at Sea’. Eight ships, including the indigenous stealth frigate INS Satpura, fleet support ship INS Sakthi, Landing Platform Dock INS Jalashwa, Landing Ship Tank(Large) INS Airavat, Missile Corvettes IN Ships Kanjhar and Nishank, Inshore Support Vessels T-36, T-39 and submarine INS Sindhukirti of the ENC participated in this event.