INS Arihant completes first deterrence patrol

INS Arihant completes first deterrence patrol

PM Modi congratulated all the stakeholders, who helped manufacture INS Arihant

PM Modi said that the underwater war boat is a "fitting response" to those who indulge in "nuclear blackmail". (Image: Twitter/@narendramodi)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that India's first indigenously-built nuclear submarine INS Arihant had completed its first 'deterrence patrol'. Modi added that the underwater war boat is a "fitting response" to those who indulge in "nuclear blackmail".

According to a press release from the PMO, Modi on Monday received the crew of the Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant. However, when the submarine completed the patrol has not been revealed.

The submarine recently returned from its first deterrence patrol, completing the establishment of the country's survivable nuclear triad, the press release read.

The development is a major achievement for the country, the prime minister said, adding that INS Arihant will help in protecting the country from external threats and contribute to the atmosphere of peace in the region.

INS Arihant took to the seas during the UPA regime after nearly three decades of secret research. However, it's induction into service has never been officially acknowledged.

Noting that the indigenous development of the SSBN and its operationalisation attest to the country's technological prowess and the synergy and coordination among all concerned, the Prime Minister thanked them for their dedication and commitment in realising this pioneering accomplishment in enhancing the country's security.

The Prime Minister also commended the courage and commitment of India's brave soldiers and the talent and perseverance of its scientists in achieving the nuclear capabilities.

He also stressed that 'Shaktimaan Bharat' (Stong India) was an aspiration of Indians and added that a strong India would play an important role in global peace and stability.

The Prime Minister extended greetings to the participants and their families on the occasion of Deepawali, the Festival of Light. He expressed hope that just as light dispels darkness and all fear, INS Arihant will be the harbinger of fearlessness for the country.