It is the only submarine museum operated in India, and is the primary repository for artefacts relating to submarine. INS Kursura the fourth submarine of the Indian Navy that has been converted into a museum. INS Kusura is a Russian built submarine that was made in December 18, 1969. The submarine sailed for journey on February 20, 1970. It sailed via the Baltic Sea and reached Visakhapatnam on the May 11, 1970. Since then INS Kusura has been used by the Indian Ministry of Defence. The Submarine was first launched as a Museum on February 27, 2001. It was earlier brought to the sands off the Vizag beach shores from the sea. India's Premier Defence Lab - National Ship Design and Research Center (NSDRC), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) and other organisations were instrumental in bringing the submarine to the sands of the beach and developing the submarine into a museum.
The museum had been established with the intention of showcasing the glory of the submarine arm. The tourists get the chance to have a glimpse of the life inside a submarine and the hardships encountered by the submariner at sea. The museum also provides a glorious chance to get an insight of the history of the Indian Submarines and be a part of this elite arm of the Indian Navy.
INS Kursura submarine, originally, was made of steel in Russia. It is regarded as the most successful design ever. The submarine is almost 91 meters. During operational period that submarine was thought to be impregnable to enemy assaults. Made in 18th December, 1969 INS Kursura took up the national duty of patrolling the Indian waters.
INS Kursura is known to have played a stellar role in the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict. The submarine has been a part various operations of Indian and other foreign navies. The submarine has been fitted with 22 torpedoes and had the capacity to reach speeds of 15.5 knots.
INS Kursura was withdrawn after it was shifted to the land on 28th Feb, 2001. It has given a glorious service of 31 years to the nation. Now the mighty submarine serves a popular museum housing milestones of the evolution of the submarine arm. It has accounts of artefacts, photographs and written scripts.
Having conquered the impossible underwater challenges, she is now all set to conquer the ever grateful Indian hearts and souls.