Submarine Day Celebrations at Visakhapatnam
The submarine day is celebrated on the 08th Dec every year to mark the birth of the Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm with the commissioning of its first submarine, erstwhile INS Kalvari on 08 Dec 1967. On this day, each year, the submarine fraternity celebrates this momentous occasion through a series of events coordinated by INS Virbahu and INS Satavahana, under the aegis of the Submarine Headquarters (SMHQ). On the occasion of the 53rd Submarine Anniversary, Vice Admiral K Srinivas, AVSM, NM, VSM, Project Director Ship Building Center Visakhapatnam laid a wreath at the submarine Cenotaph at INS Virbahu on behalf of all officers and sailors of the Submarine Arm to pay homage to submariners on ‘Eternal Patrol’.
Eastern Naval Command is home to the most powerful submarine force in the Indian Ocean Region comprising of both nuclear and conventional submarines. The depot ship, INS Virbahu which means “The Heroic Arm” was commissioned on 19 May 1971 by the then Honorable Raksha Matri, Shri Jagjivan Ram, and is regarded as the “Home of the Dolphins”. This year marks the commencement of the 50th year of INS Virbahu, which has provided operational, logistic and administrative support to all submarines at Visakhapatnam.