Russian-built nuclear submarine joins Indian navy

DELHI. April 4. KAZINFORM India has formally commissioned a nuclear-powered submarine into its navy, rejoining the elite club of nations with such a weapon.

According to BBC, the $1bn (£630m) Russian-built vessel is being leased by the Indian navy for the next 10 years. It was handed over to India in eastern Russia in January.

India previously operated a Soviet nuclear submarine until 1991.

It now rejoins China, Russia, the US, the UK and France as an operator of nuclear submarines.

India is also developing its own nuclear-powered submarine which is expected to be ready by the end of this year.

'Pride of Indian navy'

The 8,140-tonne Akula II-class submarine, built by the Russians as the K-152 Nerpa, has been renamed by India as the INS Chakra II.

The submarine was formally commissioned into the navy by the country's Defence Minister, AK Antony, at a ceremony in Vishakhapatnam, on India's east coast off the Bay of Bengal.

It has a crew of 80 under the command of Captain P Ashokan.

The submarine set sail from the Russian port of Vladivostok 40 days ago and will now become the pride of the Indian navy, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports from Vishakhapatnam.


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