Indian Navy's submarine, INS Vagir, has achieved a remarkable feat by setting a new record for the longest-ever deployment of Scorpene submarines, covering a distance of 7,000 kilometers to reach Australia for joint military exercises.
This marks the first-ever deployment of any Indian Scorpene submarines to Australia, aimed at participating in underwater drills with the Royal Australian Navy.
Joining INS Vagir in these exercises will be maritime patrol aircraft P-8I from both the Indian and Australian Navies, along with Australian submarines.
The joint maneuvers are scheduled to take place on the western coast of Australia.
Notably, the Indian Navy with its destroyer, INS Kolkata, and frigate, INS Sahyadri and a P-8I, is already present in Australia, taking part in the Malabar 23 series of joint naval drills with the other three QUAD nation Navies of the United States, Japan and Australia from August 11 to 21, on the eastern coast of Australia.
Subsequently, another biennial joint naval exercise, AUSINDEX 23, is slated to occur between the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy from August 22 to 24.
INS Vagir's deployment commenced in June 2023, with a stop at the Colombo port on June 21 for the celebrations for International Yoga Day.
The submarine has completed an extensive voyage of over 7,000 kilometers to arrive at Fremantle port in Australia today.
Commissioned into the Navy in January of this year, INS Vagir is the fifth Scorpene class submarine.
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a statement stating that, "the ongoing deployment is a testament to the reach and sustenance of Indian navy submarines."
"The extended range deployment is the maiden deployment by an IN submarine to Australia and showcases the capability and professional acumen of IN to undertake sustained operations at extended ranges from the base port for prolonged durations," the statement further said.
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