India’s first nuclear submarine
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur cracked the auspicious coconut marking the launch of India’s first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine at the Shipbuilding Centre, Visakhapatnam on July 26, 2009..
India becoming the sixth country in the world that can construct the vessels although the Indian leader billed the submarine as an outcome of a public-private partnership.
He did mention Russia in his address stating “I would also like to express our appreciation to our Russian friends for their consistent and invaluable cooperation, which symbolizes the close strategic partnership that we enjoy with Russia“.
INS Arihant is the lead ship of India’s class of nuclear-powered submarines. The 6,000-tonne vessel was built under the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project at the Ship Building Centre in Visakhapatnam at a cost of US$2.9 billion. INS Arihant is expected to formally join the Indian Navy in 2012 after undergoing extensive sea-trials.