4 Apr 2012

India rejoins nuke sub club

9:04 pm on 4 April 2012

India has joined a handful of countries that can deploy a nuclear-powered submarine.

The 8,000 tonne INS Chakra was formally commissioned into the Indian Navy in a ceremony at Vishakhapatnam off the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday.

The submarine is on a 10-year lease from Russia but, in accordance with non-proliferation treaties, will not be carrying nuclear weapons.

India previously had a Soviet submarine but decommissioned it in 1991. It now rejoins China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and France as an operator of underwater nuclear vessels.

Its first home-produced submarine is expected to enter service in 2013.