The Journey Thus Far…..
The History of the Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm goes back to the years just after our nation attained independence. Through dedicated efforts lasting over a decade, a modest beginning was made when a team of officers were trained at HMS Dolphin in 1962. The Submarine Arm came into being on 08 December 1967 when the National Flag was hoisted on INS Kalvari, whence the foxtrot era, with its cheerful and determined crews, set our proud traditions. Two of these boats that participated in the 1971 Indo-Pak War influenced the outcome by their sheer presence.
The induction of 877 EKM and Type 209 submarines brought us advancements in technology and fire power. The commissioning of the first Indian built submarine, INS Shalki on 07 Feb 1992 heralded Indian Navy’s indigenous submarine construction capability. Commissioning of nuclear powered Chakra-I in 1988 and later Chakra-II in 2012 leap frogged the Indian Navy into a select group of Nuclear Submarine operating Navies.
From the modest beginning and apparent odds, the goal of building the Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm has been diligently pursued. This journey of fifty years has been a labour of love, grit, determination & commitment of brave and overcome many challenges. With the impending inclusion of the second avatar of Kalvari, a Scorpene class submarine and strategic platforms, our Navy is indeed on the threshold of a radical metamorphosis.