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Images: The Last Post for a 36-yr-old warhorse

Last updated on: December 10, 2010 00:16 IST

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The Indian Navy decommissioned one of her oldest units, INS Vagli, in a solemn ceremony at the naval dockyard in Vishakhapatnam on Thursday.

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Image: INS Vagli, a Foxtrot class submarine type 641B, was commissioned by then Lieutenant Commander Lalit Talwar on August 10, 1974 at Riga, Latvia, in the erstwhile Soviet Union
Photographs: Courtsey: Press Information Bureau (Defence Wing)
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The Commissioning Commanding Officer of INS Vagli, Captain (Retd) Lalit Talwar was the chief guest on the occasion. He along with the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice Admiral Anup Singh witnessed the lowering of the national flag and the naval ensign for the last time.

To mark the completion of her services, a paying off pennant was lowered after sunset to the soul stirring Last Post sounded by the Naval Band. The Commanding Officer, Commander Ajay Bhatia thereafter ceremonially reported to the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice Admiral Anup Singh that INS Vagli was decommissioned.

 


Image: Naval ensign lowered for the last time on Vagli
Photographs: Courtesy: Press Information Bureau (Defence Wing)
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Several dignitaries from all over India, including the crew who originally manned her at her commissioning in 1974 arrived at Visakhapatnam to attend the ceremony.

INS Vagli, a Foxtrot class submarine type 641B, was commissioned by then Lieutenant Commander Lalit Talwar on August 10, 1974 at Riga, Latvia, in the erstwhile Soviet Union.

Image: Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice Admiral Anup Singh with dignitaries and first crew members onboard Vagli
Photographs: Courtesy: Press Information Bureau (Defence Wing)
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She was the first of the 'Vela' class of submarines to be commissioned into the Indian Navy. INS Vagli has completed 36 years of dedicated service under 23 commanding officers and is probably the oldest submarine of its class in the world and definitely the oldest unit in the Indian Navy.

The submarine has in her operational life participated in almost all major tactical exercises off both the sea boards and elsewhere. The first submarine to be based at Mumbai, Vagli later shifted base port to Visakhapatnam in 1993.


Photographs: Courtesy: Press Information Bureau (Defence Wing)
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Despite being the oldest unit in commission in the Indian Navy, Vagli continued to serve with distinction. Even in its last operational cycle she completed 137 days at sea and 1232 dived hours.

That the Indian Navy was able to operate a boat of this vintage so effectively also bears testimony to the dedication and skills of generations of maintainers and operators.


Image: Vice Admiral Anup Singh signs the visitors' book of Vagli for the last time
Photographs: Courtesy: Press Information Bureau (Defence Wing)
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