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India deployed nuclear submarine Chakra post Balakot to search for a Pakistani submarine in hiding

"The navy had deployed most advanced ‘submarine killer’ P8i aircrafts to hunt down PNS Saad. INS Chakra, a powerful nuclear submarine acquired from Russia on lease was also put on duty"

Indian Navy was in a state of high-alertness after the Pulwama terrorist attack. About 60 warships including the powerful aircraft carrier battle group was positioned close to Pakistani waters as India weighed its options of revenge. It was after India took Pakistan aback with a sharp aerial strike that a Pakistani submarine disappeared from navy’s radar. From where it was last located, it could have sailed to Gujarat in less than three days. This development sent alarm bells ringing in the defence establishment of the country.

It was Pakistan’s most advanced submarine, PNS Saad that had slipped out of navy’s radar. It is equipped with an air independent propulsion system which allows it to stay underwater for a comparatively longer time. The navy had deployed most advanced ‘submarine killer’ P8i aircrafts to hunt down PNS Saad. INS Chakra, a powerful nuclear submarine acquired from Russia on lease was also put on duty. For several days Indian navy scouted in the Arabian Sea and close to Indian coast for the potential risk. But it was only on the 21st day of the search that the submarine was located in hiding off the western coast of Pakistan. The submarine was sent there probably to protect it from a possible Indian navy strike. And to undertake a counterattack if needed. However, India’s overwhelming naval superiority would have rendered any such misadventure useless.

India had accounted for every Pakistani naval vessel in the sea. The disappearance of PNS Saad was an aberration. However, India’s heavy deployment of anti-submarine aircrafts and vessels meant any misadventure from Pakistani sub would have been treated with immediate punitive action.