INS Sindhudhvaj submarine decommissioned after 35 years of service
The Navy's Kilo-class submarine, INS Sindhudhwaj, was decommissioned at Visakhapatnam on 17 July after 35 years of service.
The Navy now has 15 conventional submarines in service.
The Chief Guest of the ceremony was Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.
The event was attended by 15 of the former Commanding Officers, including Commander S.P. Singh (Retd.) and 26 Commissioning crew veterans.
About INS Sindhudhvaj
Inducted into the Navy in June 1987, Sindhudhwaj was one of the Kilo-class submarines acquired from Russia between 1986 and 2000.
Kilo-class submarines are called Sindhughosh-class.
They are diesel-electric submarines that displace 3,000 tons, can dive to a depth of 300 metres, have a top speed of 18 knots, and can operate alone for 45 days with a crew of 53.
The insignia of this submarine is a grey nurse shark.
Its name means the one who bears the flag on the sea (Indus).
It was the first submarine to be equipped with multiple indigenous security and communication systems.
INS Sindhurakshak sank in Mumbai in August 2013 after a catastrophic explosion, killing all 18 sailors.
INS Sindhuveer was transferred to the Myanmar Navy in March 2020 as a goodwill gesture.
INS Sindhudhwaj is the only submarine to be awarded the CNS Rolling Trophy for Innovation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Indigenous sonar USHUS, indigenous satellite communication system Rukmani and MMS, inertial navigation system and indigenous torpedo fire control system were operated on it.
Sindhudhwaj also successfully carried out mating and personnel transfer with Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel.
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