Indian submarine INS Vagir completes historic 7,000 km deployment to Australia
India's Scorpene class submarine INS Vagir has successfully completed its longest deployment ever by covering a remarkable distance of nearly 7,000 km to reach Australia. This deployment, which begins in June 2023, is a significant achievement for the Indian Navy.
An Overview of the News
Since deployment, INS Vagir has been operational without interruption, except for one port call in Sri Lanka.
The submarine re-surfaces every 3-4 days to recharge its batteries while maintaining its operational status.
Commissioning and Grounding:
Commissioned in January this year, INS Vagir belongs to the Kalvari class submarines.
The submarine is based in Mumbai and its deployment reflects the professionalism of the Navy.
Seamless Travel Details:
After a stay in Sri Lanka for the International Day of Yoga, INS Vagir continued her voyage.
It has traveled more than 7,000 kilometers (about 4,000 nautical miles) since June following a recharge routine.
Historical deployments in Australia:
The visit of INS Vagir is the first instance of an extended-distance deployment to Australia by an Indian submarine.
This achievement highlights the Indian Navy's capabilities for sustained operations at long ranges.
Exercises with the Royal Australian Navy:
During her visit to Australia, INS Vagir will participate in exercises with units of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) off the West Coast.
The objective of these exercises is to enhance cooperation and interoperability between the two naval forces.
INS Vagir is in Australia, Indian naval ships and aircraft are concurrently engaged in Exercise MALABAR (11-21 August) and AUSINDEX (22-24 August) off the east coast of Australia.
Anti-Submarine Exercises and Cooperation:
The ongoing deployment of INS Vagir includes anti-submarine exercises at various levels.
Strengthening joint naval capabilities, joint exercises with RAN submarines and Indian Navy P8i aircraft have been planned.
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