New Delhi, July 17: The Indian Navy's submarine INS Sindhudhvaj has been decommissioned after 35 years of glorious service to the nation.
Vice Adm Biswajit Dasgupta Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command served as the Chief Guest for the ceremony on Saturday.
On Saturday, 15 former Commanding Officers, including the Commissioning CO, Cmde SP Singh (Retd), and 26 Commissioning crew veterans, attended the decommissioning event.
The submarine's crest depicts a grey nurse shark, and the name means "sea flag bearer."
Sindhudhvaj, as the title suggests, was the flag bearer of indigenisation and the Indian Navy's works to reach Atmanirbharta in the Russian-built Sindhughosh class submarines during her naval service. According to the Ministry of Defence, she had many firsts to her credit, including the operationalisation of the indigenous sonar USHUS, indigenous satellite communication systems Rukmani and MSS, inertial navigation system, and indigenous torpedo fire control system.
INS Sindhudhvaj also successfully completed mating and personnel transfer with the Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel and is the only submarine to receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi's CNS Rolling Trophy for Innovation.
The traditional ceremony took place at sunset, with a gloomy sky adding to the solemnity of the event as the Decommissioning Pennant was lowered and the submarine was paid off after a 35-year service.