INS Virbahu

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INS Virbahu
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Type Naval station
Site information
Controlled by Indian Navy
Site history
Built May 19, 1971 (1971-05-19)
In use 1971-present
Garrison information
Occupants Eastern Naval Command

INS Virbahu is an Indian Navy submarine base of the Eastern Naval Command located near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.[1][2] It was commissioned on 19 May 1971.[3]


After the Indian Navy acquired the Kalvari class submarines from the Soviet Union, the submarine base operated from temporary facilities. Its first commanding officer was Commander KA Raju Menon. On 19 May 1971, INS Virbahu was commissioned as a full-fledged naval base for the submarine fleet of the Eastern Naval Command. Commander K.S. Subramanian was the first commanding officer of INS Virbahu.[2] The four submarines constituted the Eighth Submarine Squadron.[4]


  1. ^ "Indian Naval Bases". Global Security. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  2. ^ a b "INS Virbahu - Home of the Dolphins". The Indian Submariner. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  3. ^ "INS Virbahu". Indian Navy. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hiranandani, G. M. (2008). Transition to Eminence: The Indian Navy 1976-1990. Lancer Publishers. 

Coordinates: 17°41′58.9″N 83°16′14.3″E / 17.699694°N 83.270639°E / 17.699694; 83.270639