One of the must visit landmarks in Visakhapatnam is the INS Kurusura Submarine. The fist in south Asia, it is a Soviet built-I-641 class Submarine. It served the Indian navy for 31 year – since its induction in 1969 till 2001 when it was decommissioned. It stands tall as an emblem of patriotism on the Ramakrishna beach Road.
The 91.3 meters ling and 8 meters broad submarine housing the entire weapon package et al has been converted into a museum. Now it is in charge of VUDA for its maintenance. Some of retired naval employees have been hired to fill the position of six guides and one curator. The museum is open from 4 to 8 PM in the weekdays and 11 AM to 1.30 AM on Sundays and other public holidays. It is closed on Monday for maintenance.
INS Kurusura is one of the major crowd pullers in Visakhapatnam and anyone visiting this place should never give it a miss. It is a rarely that we get to see an underwater unit such as the INS Kurusura which has been a part of major wars in India. It is one such insignia of Indian defense that speaks of the untold tales of many heroes and their sacrifices for the country.
The Eastern Naval Command in association with National Ship Design and Research Center had taken the change to convert it into a museum which is recognized as a War Memorial. A substantial amount of Rs.5.5 crore was spent on this project.
Standing on the golden beach, the submarine houses the complete weapon package, display of artifacts, photographs and written scripts narrating the story of evolution of submarines and a look into the lives of people who spent substantial part of their lives in it defending the country from enemy attack.
If you ever visit Visakhapatnam, don’t forget to come to the Submarine Museum. Apart from the engineering marvel, it is the glory of the nation that attracts tourists from India and abroad who come to pay their homage to the War Memorial.