Friday, June 25, 2010

Farewell, INS Vela

The Indian Navy bids farewell to its second last Foxtrot-class submarine INS Vela (S40) at Visakhapatnam this evening. She was commissioned 37 years ago in Riga, Latvia. The boat's crest depicted a sawfish.


Anonymous said...

Wow! 37 years, this boat has seen a lot. What a bitter sweet moment. I want to thank everyone who ever had anything to do with this sub. I hope this is made into a museum for the future generations to see and remember the history.

Anonymous said...

Russia may start receiving its first An-70 military transport planes as early as in 2012, the defense minister said on Thursday.

"We hope to start receiving the tested aircraft by 2012. We need this plane and the Russian Defense Ministry plans to buy it," Anatoly Serdyukov said during his visit to the Black Sea Fleet's base in Sevastopol on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.

The An-70 is a medium-range turboprop military transport plane developed by Ukraine's Antonov design bureau. The Antonov company first tested a flying prototype of the An-70 in 1994, but a lack of Ukrainian state funds, and political disputes between Moscow and Kiev have prevented large-scale production of the aircraft.

The recent thaw in Russian-Ukrainian relations saw Moscow renew long-stalled funding to Ukraine for eventual joint production of the plane.

gossipking0104 said...

while we must be thankful to the service rendered by the foxtrot class submarines, wud u have any updates on the sea trials of the arihant or when is the next submarine in the arihant class going 2 be launched?

Anonymous said...

INS Vela had given a wonderful service to the nation for 37 years and remembering her first 1000 hours of diving in India.