Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi received today the crew of Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant. The submarine recently returned from its first deterrence patrol, completing the establishment of the country's survivable nuclear triad.
Stressing the significance of the successful deployment of INS Arihant for the completion of India's nuclear triad, the Prime Minister congratulated the crew and all involved in the achievement which puts India among a handful of countries having the capability to design, construct and operate SSBNs.
Noting that the indigenous development of the SSBN and its operationalisation attest to the country's technological prowess and the synergy and coordination among all concerned, the Prime Minister thanked them for their dedication and commitment in realising this pioneering accomplishment enhancing immensely the country's security.
The Prime Minister commended the courage and commitment of India's brave soldiers and the talent and perseverance of its scientists, whose untiring efforts transformed the scientific achievement of nuclear tests into establishment of an immensely complex and credible nuclear triad, and dispelled all doubts and questions about India's capability and resolve in this regard.
The Prime Minister stated that the people of India aspire for a 'Shaktimaan Bharat' (Strong India)and building a New India. They have strived tirelessly to overcome all challenges in this path. He stressed that a strong India will fulfill the hopes and aspirations of over a billion Indians and will also be an important pillar for global peace and stability, especially in a world full of uncertainties and concerns.
The Prime Minister extended greetings to the participants and their families on the occasion of Deepawali, the Festival of Light. He expressed the hope that just as light dispels darkness and all fear, INS Arihant will be harbinger of fearlessness for the country.
As a responsible nation, India has put in place a robust nuclear command and control structure, effective safety assurance architecture and strict political control, under its Nuclear Command Authority. It remains committed to the doctrine of Credible Minimum Deterrence and No First Use, as enshrined in the decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security in its meeting chaired by the then Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on January 04, 2003.
Dhanteras gets even more special!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 5, 2018
India’s pride, nuclear submarine INS Arihant successfully completed its first deterrence patrol!
I congratulate all those involved, especially the crew of INS Arihant for this accomplishment, which will always be remembered in our history. pic.twitter.com/tjeOj2cBdX
The success of INS Arihant enhances India’s security needs.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 5, 2018
It is a major achievement for our entire nation.
True to its name, INS Arihant will protect the 130 crore Indians from external threats and contribute to the atmosphere of peace in the region.
In an era such as this, a credible nuclear deterrence is the need of the hour.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 5, 2018
The success of INS Arihant gives a fitting response to those who indulge in nuclear blackmail.
Today is historic because it marks the completing of the successful establishment of the nuclear triad. India's nuclear triad will be an important pillar of global peace and stability.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 5, 2018
India is a land of peace. Values of togetherness are enshrined in our culture.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 5, 2018
Peace is our strength, not our weakness.
Our nuclear programme must be seen with regard to India’s efforts to further world peace and stability.
We are guided by this Mantra:— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 5, 2018
राष्ट्र रक्षा समं पुण्यं,
राष्ट्र रक्षा समं व्रतम्,
राष्ट्र रक्षा समं यज्ञो,
दृष्टो नैव च नैव च।।
We will do everything for our beloved nation and for the wellbeing of 130 crore Indians.