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Naval Warfare

To Russia with love: India returns SSN

16th June 2021 - 20:28 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Indian Navy appears to have returned the nuclear-powered INS Chakra to its owner, Russia. (IN)

The same day as India's leased nuclear-powered submarine was sailing back to Russia, the government okayed a tender process for six new conventional submarines.

INS Chakra, a Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine leased by the Indian Navy (IN) for the past ten years, was spotted sailing east on the surface past Singapore on 4 June. It is presumed it was on its return voyage to Russia after its leasing period expired.

The boat, crewed by Indian submariners, was accompanied by the Russian Navy Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Tributs on its way to Vladivostok.

Given that the IN took delivery of the submarine in a ten-year lease on 30 December 2011, it seems that it was returning to Russia from its Visakhapatnam base some six months early ...

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