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21st February, 2023 Security

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Context:  INS Nireekshak awarded on-the-spot chief of the naval staff unit citation for deep sea diving & undertaking salvage ops under the most challenging circumstances


  • The CNS awarded 'on the spot' Unit Citation to the ship, a first in Indian Navy. 
  • Nireekshak had also recently completed a solemn dive off Gujarat coast to pay homage by laying wreath at 80 m depth, the resting site of erstwhile Khukri which sank during 1971 war.


  • INS Nireekshak is a Dive Support and Submarine Rescue Vessel of Indian Navy. 
  • Built by Mazgaon Shipbuilders in 1985, the ship has been in service with the Navy since 1989 and was commissioned in the year 1995.
  • INS Nireekshak has been part of various diving operations and holds the record for the deepest dive carried out in the country to a depth of 257 m.