Located in the City of Destiny the “INS Kursura Submarine Museum”, is the first submarine museum in Asia and the second among the world.
Coming to the history:
INS Kursura is a diesel-electric submarine of the indian navy, which belongs to the Kalvari class. She was commissioned on 18 December 1969.
She is India’s fourth submarine, fitted with 22 torpedoes and reaches the speed of around 15.5 knots. Kursura served the Indian Navy for 31 years. During her service she covered 73,500 nautical miles.
She participated in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, and operated from the Arabian Sea, there she conducted patrolling and surveillance, her aims during the patrol were to sink any Pakistan naval warship. It’s other duty during the war was to sink merchant shipping when ordered to do so. During the war she also monitored the tankers and commercial aircrafts flying on international routes.
Later during her service, she participated in naval exercises with different nations and visited different countries. In 1975 she was used for test firing the NSTL 58 torpedo.
After being decommissioned on 27 February 2001, it was given to Andhra Pradesh by the Navy and the Ministry of Defense. It’s when the Eastern Naval Command started setting up the Submarine Museum at RK beach, Visakhapatnam.
The Museum was inaugurated and dedicated to the Nation on 9th August 2002, by the then Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu. It was opened to the public from 14th August 2002.
Even after being decommissioned in 2001, She still receives the Navy’s ” Dressing Ship ” honour, which was usually given to the active ships.
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