PNS Ghazi, reporting name, Ghazi, a tench class diesel electric and the first fast attack submarine of Pakistan Navy, leased from United States that got sank during Indo-Pak 1971 war. PNS Ghazi was handed over to Pakistan on loan under the Scrutiny Assistance Program.
After coming in the Pakistan navy, Ghazi saw the military actions in Indo-Pakistan theatres in 1965 and later in 1971. It remained pakistan’s navy flagship submarine until Ghazi sank close to India’s eastern coast while conducting naval operations en route to the Bay of Bengal. The submarine sank under mysterious circumstances and remained as an unsolved mystery from the 1971 war. Now a film is also releasing titled as “The Ghazi Attack”.
Here are some facts you should know about the mysterious submarine – PNS Ghazi.
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Service With Pakistan navy
Ghazi was given on loan to Pakistan and it was the time when Pakistan had been continuously pushing for an idea of securing imported submarines and it extended for a support to U.S. Navy and was finally get a hold under Security Assistance Program and there it was designated as Ghazi.
The 1971 Indo-Pakistani War
To adjust the submarine operations of Pakistan Navy, Indian Navy had transferred the INS Vikrant towards the direction of Eastern Naval Command, base, Vishakhapatnam and on the contrary, the Pakistani Navy wasn’t able to get hold of Indian Naval advances and also bringing Ghazi in could prove to be one of the biggest mistakes and it became obvious that the war was inevitable.
The down of Ghazi
Ghazi ha carried two missions one of which was to locate and sink Vikrant and second was to own India’s Eastern Seaboard as it was the only submarine which can undertook operation in distant waters under the control of enemy but unfortunately, even before Ghazi can be turned and positioned, the submarine experienced equipment failures and other issues.
The Destiny of Ghazi
Ghazi was on her primary mission that was to search, locate and hunt for Vikrant and the recent information told that Vikrant was somewhere close to Andaman Islands and still Ghazi was not successful in finding the target and as per report there were bomb dumpings too by INS Rajput which led to the sank of Ghazi. Exact didn’t finded out and Ghazi sank with an unknown mystery.
The Outcome of related consequences
There was no communication of the base with Ghazi which was expected and all other communications failed and apart from this, several reason were also stated relating to the communication failure and later, Indian Navy strangely issued a statement about the sinking of Ghazi.
Investigation by Indian Government
An operation was launched by Indian Government and to keep a check, it sent a rescue vessel, INS Nishtar to the location where Ghazi got sank. Following, the Government of India claimed that Ghazi sank by the maneuvers of Indian Navy.
Pakistan denied India’s all theory and claimed it as false. Pakistan believed that Ghazi sank because of the explosive shock waves from one of the depth charges set off the torpedoes and mines stored aboard the submarines.
The Sunken Vessel
The serving officers were missing. On the second side, United States were keen to find the submarine but the Indian Government rejected all the offers and allowed the submarine to sink further, towards the buoy of Vishakhapatnam.
The Ghazi Attack
The 1971 Indo-Pakistani war had left many consequences behind and the Ghazi was one of those which remained as a mystery and that too unknown. The reality behind all this is hidden and it hopes to recover in the film “The Ghazi Attack” which is based on the same subject.