INS Astravahini decommissioned after 31 years of service [ Current Affairs ]

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Indigenously built torpedos INS Astravahini launch and recovery vessel was decommissioned after its service for almost 31 years to the nation. INS Astravahini was decommissioned in a ceremony held at the Ship Building Centre (V) at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

  • INS Astravahini was an auxiliary vessel of the torpedo launching and recovery (TLRV) class. The vessel had immensely contributed in the trials of indigenous torpedoes developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL).
  • In 1984, INS Astravahini was commissioned in Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam and served for about 31 years. In her long service the ship had enhanced and played important role in indigenous torpedo induction.
  • INS Astravahini was only one of its classes and was extensively used by the NSTL as a test platform to launch and recover experimental torpedoes for their induction into the Indian Navy. In her long service the ship had enhanced and played important role in indigenous torpedo induction.
  • On 6 November 2014 during a routine exercise, the vessel A72 sank near Visakhapatnam after taking on water, with one sailor dead and four missing.

- Published on: July 21, 2015