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India's first SSBN embarks on sea trials

16 December 2014

India's indigenously designed 6,000-ton nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) began sea acceptance trials off the country's east coast on 15 December, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said.

Parrikar presided over the start of Arihant 's classified trials from the jetty of the Ship Building Centre (SCB) at Visakhapatnam following over 18 months of harbour acceptance trials.

The defence minister confirmed that Arihant 's sea trials had started on 16 December at a ceremony in New Delhi to mark the 1971 war with Pakistan that led to the formation of Bangladesh.

Indian Navy (IN) chief of staff Admiral R K Dhowan and several senior defence and atomic scientists were present at the ceremony at Visakhapatnam, official sources said.

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