Last Update: 17 July 2022, 23:19 IST
INS Sindhudhwaj on Saturday said goodbye to the Navy after 35 years of service. Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command was the chief guest at the ceremony. A Navy release said that 15 of the former commanding officers, including Commodore SP Singh (Retd.), Commissioning CO and 26 Commissioning Crew veterans, participated in the decommissioning.
The submarine crest depicts a gray nurse shark and the name means flag bearer at sea. Sindhudhwaj, as the name suggests, was the flag bearer of indigenization and naval efforts towards achieving ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in Russian built Sindhughosh class submarines throughout its journey in the Navy. He had several to his credit including the operation of indigenous sonar USHUS, indigenous satellite communication system Rukmani and inertial navigation system and indigenous torpedo fire control system.
She also successfully carried out personnel transfer with a deep submerged rescue vessel and was the only submarine to be awarded the CNS Rolling Trophy for Innovation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The traditional ceremony was held at sunset, with an overcast sky adding to the solemnity of the occasion when the decommissioning pennant was lowered and the submarine was paid off after 35 years of spectacular patrols.
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