INS Sindhukesari

INS Sindhukesari, a Sindhughosh-class diesel-electric submarine, recently made a historic visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, marking India’s first long-range deployment of a submarine. This deployment highlights India’s operational capability and reach of its underwater combat arm.

Major Refit-Cum-Life Extension in Russia

INS Sindhukesari underwent a major ‘medium refit-cum-life extension’ in Russia’s Severodvinsk, which ended in 2018. The refit increased the submarine’s operational life by ten years and enhanced its combat capability.

First Long-Range Deployment

The recent visit to Jakarta by INS Sindhukesari marks India’s first long-range deployment of a submarine. The submarine sailed through the Sunda Strait, covering a distance of over 3,000 nautical miles. The deployment demonstrated India’s ability to operate its submarines in distant waters and showcased its increasing naval presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Operational Training for Handling BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missiles

Before the deployment, India conducted operational training at Nagpur to train personnel in handling BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles for the Philippines. The training highlighted India’s role in supporting its allies in the region and contributed to the overall security and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.

Enhancing India’s Underwater Combat Capabilities

INS Sindhukesari’s deployment to Jakarta is a significant milestone for India’s underwater combat arm. It showcases India’s increasing capabilities in the underwater domain and its readiness to protect its maritime interests. The deployment also highlights India’s commitment to promoting regional stability and enhancing maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region.

Growing Naval Presence in the Indo-Pacific

India has been increasing its naval presence in the Indo-Pacific region, which is home to some of the world’s busiest sea lanes and critical maritime chokepoints. The deployment of INS Sindhukesari is a clear indication of India’s growing presence in the region and its commitment to promoting regional stability.

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