INS Vagli (S42), the last Soviet (Project 641) Foxtrot Class Submarine of Indian Navy was decommissioned on December 09, 2010 at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam after 36 years of service. Captain (Retd) Lalit Talwar, the commissioning Commanding Officer of INS Vagli was also present as the Chief Guest during the decommissioning.
If the decommissioned submarine Vagli is converted as a museum (like Kursura) and placed at Chennai/Kochi, it is likely to inspire the youth to join the Indian Navy.
Some interesting features of Foxtrot Class Submarines of Indian Navy are:
- conventional diesel-electric submarines, procured from Russia; similar submarines were also procured by Cuba (three) and Libya (six).
- capable of covering 16,000 nautical miles before refueling; could perform underwater operations continuously for four days; thereafter had to rise to 7 meters (snorkel depth) to charge the batteries and to take fresh air.
- could operate at a depth of 250 meters with speed up to 16.8 knots.
- kalvari class submarines
- Kursura (S20): commissioned on December 18, 1969; was decommissioned on February 27, 2001; after decommissioning, Kursura was converted as a submarine museum and is opened for public from August 24, 2002 on RK Beach, Visakhapatanam.
- Karanj (S21): commissioned on September 04, 1969; decommissioned on August 01, 2003.
- Khanderi (S22): commissioned on December 06, 1968; decommissioned on October 18, 1989.
- Kalvari (S23): commissioned on December 08, 1967; decommissioned on May 31, 1996.
- vela class submarines
- Vela (S40): commissioned on August 31, 1973; decommissioned on June 25, 2010.
- Vagir (S41): commissioned on November 03, 1973; decommissioned on June 07, 2001.
- Vagli (S42): commissioned on August 10, 1974; decommissioned on December 09, 2010.
- Vagsheer (S43): commissioned on December 26, 1974; decommissioned on April 30, 1997.
Read more from the press release of Indian Navy as pdf.
View a video clip from YouTube: Tour a Russian Foxtrot Sub
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