Navy Commissionned INS Chakra, Russia’s ex-Nerpa Akula II Nuclear
Indian Navy officially commissionned Russia’s K-152 Nerpa nuclear-powered
attack submarine on Wednesday. The Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO: Akula
II) class sub has been leased to India’s Navy for ten years in
a contract worth over $900 million. It was handed over to India in January
and has been renamed the INS Chakra.
The commissioning ceremony took place at the Visakhapatnam sea port
on the east coast of India.
INS Chakra nuclear-powered attack submarine
(picture: Indian Navy)
Video: Indian Navy
The submarine’s displacement is 8,140/12,770
tons. Its maximum speed is 30 knots, maximum operating depth, 600 m;
and endurance is 100 days with a crew of 73. The vessel is armed with
four 533mm torpedo tubes and four 650mm torpedo tubes.
India has become the sixth operator of nuclear submarines in the world,
after the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China, though it
previously leased another Russian submarine which was then returned.
Twenty sailors died on the Nerpa in 2008 after the vessel’s fire-suppression
systems were accidentally triggered during sea trials, releasing toxic