The Indian Navy has commissioned the country’s first domestically developed and built ballistic missile nuclear submarine (SSBN), the INS Arihant, in complete secrecy in August, according to local media reports. India’s Ministry of Defense has neither officially confirmed nor denied the commissioning of the sub.

“There will soon be an opportunity to talk about it,” GS Pabby, Indian Navy Vice-Admiral and Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition, told reporters this week. An unnamed defense official reportedly confirmed the commissioning to The Hindu. “It (INS Arihant) has gone through severe sea trials and was finally inducted in the Navy in August and has been operational since then,” he said. Continue Reading.