Navy inducts nuclear submarine INS Chakra
Posted on: 11:48 AM IST Apr 04, 2012
New Delhi: The first operational nuclear attack submarine INS Chakra has been inducted into the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister AK Antony said that the INS Chakra will ensure security and sovereignty of the country.
Antony formally commissioned the Akula II class Nerpa rechristened INS Chakra into the Navy at the Ship Building Complex.
India has earlier leased and operated Charlie Class Russian nuclear submarine from 1988 for training its personnel on such submarines.
With INS Chakra and the indigenous INS Arihant expected to start operational patrols soon, India will soon have two nuclear submarines guarding its vast maritime boundaries.
The Nerpa has been taken on lease from Russia for ten years and would provide Navy the opportunity to train and operate such nuclear-powered vessels.