The Indian Navy’s submarine, INS Vagir, has made history by achieving an impressive milestone – it now holds the record for the longest-ever deployment of any scorpene-class submarine. The submarine covered an astonishing distance of 7,000 kilometers on its journey to Australia to participate in joint military exercises, marking a significant moment for both naval prowess and international cooperation.
A Remarkable Voyage to Australia
INS Vagir’s expedition to Australia marks the first time an Indian scorpene-class submarine has ventured to Australian waters, signifying the growing collaboration between the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy in enhancing maritime security and defense strategies.
United for Underwater Drills
The joint military exercises in Australia are set to witness a convergence of naval prowess. Alongside INS Vagir, the maritime patrol aircraft P-8I will make a noteworthy appearance from both the Indian and Australian navies. Australian submarines will also participate in the exercises, creating a comprehensive platform for sharing expertise and strengthening maritime cooperation.
A Dual Presence in Australia
While INS Vagir journeys to the western coast, the Indian Navy is also making waves on the eastern coast of Australia. The destroyer INS Kolkata and frigate INS Sahyadri, along with a P-8I aircraft, are currently engaged in the Malabar 23 series of joint naval drills. These exercises involve naval forces from the United States, Japan, and Australia, collectively known as the QUAD nations, further solidifying regional security cooperation.
A Biennial Tradition Continues
Following the Malabar 23 series, the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy are slated to participate in another biennial joint naval exercise, AUSINDEX 23. This upcoming exercise, scheduled from August 22 to 24, promises to strengthen the maritime ties between the two nations and enhance their mutual understanding of naval operations.
INS Vagir’s Epic Journey
The journey of INS Vagir began in June 2023, embarking on a remarkable voyage that included a stop at Colombo port on June 21 to celebrate International Yoga Day. After navigating more than 7,000 kilometers, the submarine finally arrived at Fremantle port in Australia on August 20, making a powerful statement about the Indian Navy’s operational capabilities and endurance.
INS Vagir (S25): A Distinctive Addition to the Kalvari-Class Submarines
Belonging to the initial group of six Kalvari-class submarines crafted for the Indian Navy, INS Vagir (S25) takes its place as the fifth in line. This diesel-electric attack submarine draws its lineage from the renowned Scorpène class, a creation of the French naval defense and energy leader, Naval Group, and brought to life by Mazagon Dock Limited, an esteemed Indian shipyard situated in Mumbai, Maharashtra.