New Delhi: Forty years after the Indo-Pak
war, former Naval Chief Admiral Arun Prakash on Tuesday said the
Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi had been sunk for "unknown
Addressing a gathering on the silver jubilee function of
the Army Aviation Corps, he said the PNS Ghazi had managed to
reach the eastern sea-board of the country and was sunk near
Vishakhapatnam due to "unknown reasons".
The Navy has maintained that the Pakistani ship was sunk
by one of its warships INS Rajput.
Prakash, who is a member of a Task Force set up by the
government to review national security, was throwing light on
the circumstances which led to the Navy being given the task
of aerial maritime reconnaissance in 1976.
Recalling the events related to the 1971 war, he said
another Pakistani submarine `PNS Hangor` had managed to lay
close to the Gujarat coast and later on sunk Indian frigate
INS Khukri causing loss of several lives in the incident.
Prakash, who headed Indian Navy between 2005 and 2007,
was a junior officer attached to the IAF during the war.
PNS Ghazi was a US-built submarine that was leased to
Pakistan in 1963. It was the first submarine to be operated by
the Pakistan Navy and saw action in the 1965 and 1971 wars.