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Navy Chief Awarded On-The-Spot Unit Citation INS Nireekshak for Salvage Operation

The Chief of the Naval Staff Adm R Harikumar visited INS Nireekshak at Kochi where he interacted with the diving team of the ship involved in the salvage operations at a depth of 219 meters in the Arabian Sea. He commended the ship on the safe and successful conduct of the operations under the most challenging circumstances. This is the deepest salvage carried out in the country’s waters.

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Navy Chief Awarded On-The-Spot Unit Citation INS Nireekshak for Salvage Operation- Key Points

  • During his address to the ship’s crew, the CNS complimented the dedicated effort of the ship in conducting the deep diving operations. He appreciated the undaunted spirit of the ‘Men Behind the Machine’.
  • The CNS awarded the ship an ‘on the spot’ Unit Citation, a first in Indian Navy. He also awarded commendations to the crew involved in the salvage ops.
  • Nireekshak had also recently completed a solemn dive off the Gujarat coast to pay homage by laying a wreath at 80 m depth, the resting site of erstwhile Khukri which sank during the 1971 war.
  • INS Nireekshak is a Dive Support and Submarine Rescue Vessel of the Indian Navy.  Built by Mazgaon Shipbuilders in 1985, the ship has been in service with the Navy since 1989
  •  It was commissioned in the year 1995. INS Nireekshak has been part of various diving operations and holds the record for the deepest dive carried out in the country to a depth of 257 m.

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