Indian Navy Launched Indigenous Diving Support Vessels Will Serve As INS Nipun & INS Nistar ANN


India-Pakistan War 1971: India is once again going to bring the INS Nistar warship, which did diving-operation on Pakistan’s submarine Ghazi in the 1971 war, in a new avatar. On Thursday, the Hindustan Shipyard at Visakhapatnam launched INS Nistar and INS Nipun in the presence of the Navy Chief. According to the Indian Navy, both Nistar and Skilled are Diving Support Vessels (Warships), which are being built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited.

Diving Support Vessels (DSVs) are used in search and rescue operations during deep sea submersion of the submarine. Apart from this, this type of warship is also used for exploration and helicopter operation in the sea. Nistar and Nipun is the first such DSV vessel, which is being manufactured in the country under self-reliant India. This ship is 118 meters long and 23 meters wide, whose weight is 9350 tons. According to the Navy, these two ships have 80 percent indigenous equipment.

‘Historic moment’
According to the tradition of the Navy, on Thursday, Kala Hari Kumar, wife of Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, launched both the ships in the Bay of Bengal. On this occasion, Navy Chief R Hari Kumar called it a historic moment. He said that in the 1971 war, the old incarnation of Nistar i.e. INS Nistar had given very important information to the Navy by conducting a successful diving operation on Pakistan’s Ghazi submarine.

In the 1971 war, Pakistan’s Ghazi submarine was sunk in the Bay of Bengal near Visakhapatnam Harbour. In the same year, India took a Diving Support Vessel (DSV) from Russia, which was named Nistar. In 1989, this ship was retired from the Navy. A new Nistar DSV is being manufactured in his name.

On the occasion of the launch of Nistar and Nipun, Admiral Hari Kumar said that the Indian Navy not only protects the country’s maritime borders but also contributes significantly to nation-building due to its determination to become self-reliant in the defense sector. He told that at present 45 ships and submarines of the Navy are in different stages of construction. Of these, 43 are being built in indigenous shipyards.

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