India inducting indigenous nuclear sub

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New delhi—India’s first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant was commissioned into service in August, a report said on Tuesday. By inducting the 6,000-tonne submarine into service, India has quietly completed its nuclear triad, reported The Hindu on Tuesday. The daily quoted defence sources as saying that INS Arihant was formally commissioned by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba in August. Sources added that in a bid to maintain secrecy, it is not being referred to as INS Arihant. After being inducted, the submarine completes India’s nuclear triad, giving it the capability to respond to nuclear strikes from sea, land and air-based systems. INS Arihant gives second-strike capability to India, which has a clearly declared policy of “no first-use” of nuclear weapons. INS Arihant is India’s first indigenous nuclear submarine, and the lead ship of Arihant class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines launched in 2009.—INP