India's nuclear submarine Arihant completes first deterrence patrol
05 November 2018
Arihant, India's first nuclear ballistic missile submarine, has competed its first deterrence patrol, completing the establishment of the country's survivable nuclear triad.
"Dhanteras gets even more special! India’s pride, nuclear submarine INS Arihant successfully completed its first deterrence patrol! I congratulate all those involved, especially the crew of INS Arihant for this accomplishment, which will always be remembered in our history," Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Twitter.
The indigenous development of Arihant and its operationalisation attest to the country's technological prowess and the synergy and coordination among all concerned, the prime minister said, even as he thanked the soldiers and scientists for their dedication and commitment in realising this pioneering accomplishment of enhancing the country's security.
"In an era such as this, a credible nuclear deterrence is the need of the hour. The success of INS Arihant gives a fitting response to those who indulge in nuclear blackmail," said Modi.
As a responsible nation, India has put in place a robust nuclear command and control structure, effective safety assurance architecture and strict political control, under its Nuclear Command Authority. It remains committed to the doctrine of Credible Minimum Deterrence and No First Use, as enshrined in the decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security in its meeting chaired by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on January 4, 2003, said a press release from the PMO.
The Prime Minister extended greetings to the participants and their families on the occasion of Deepawali, the Festival of Light. He expressed the hope that just as light dispels darkness and all fear, INS Arihant will be harbinger of fearlessness for the country.