Indian submarine INS Vagir completes historic 7,000 km deployment to Australia

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Indian-submarine-INS-Vagir-completes-historic-7,000-km-deployment-to-AustraliaIndia'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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