Pakistan intercepts Indian Navy’s Kalvari-class submarine in its waters

The Indian Navy commissioned Karanj , its third Kalvari-class SSK, in a ceremony held on 10 March at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. (Indian Navy)

Pakistan Navy has tracked and intercepted the Indian Navy’s Kalvari-class submarine, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media and PR wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces, revealed.

The navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit tracked the submarine on 1 March to prevent it from entering the Pakistani waters.

According to the press office, this is the fourth detection of an Indian submarine near Pakistani waters in the last 5 years.

In a detailed statement, director of ISPR Major general Babar Iftikhar noted that during the ongoing Pakistan Navy Exercise SEASPARK-22, “the possibility of an Indian unit lurking into Pakistan maritime zone for reconnaissance and gathering information on exercise was anticipated.”

“Therefore, strict monitoring watch and stringent vigilance procedures were enforced. Resultantly, Pakistan Navy anti-submarine warfare unit took the lead and prematurely intercepted and tracked the latest Indian submarine Kalvari on March 1,” he also stated.

The exercise SEASPARK-22, which is held biennially, commenced on 18 February in Karachi. It is organized to assess Pakistan Navy’s readiness and validate operational plans against future threats.

The Project 75 Kalvari-class submarines include six diesel-electric submarines, three of which had been commissioned as of October 2021. The first submarine INS Kalvari entered into service in 2017.

The fifth submarine INS Vagir started sea trials last month.

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