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Well...it was Vizagpatnam in the British time... after independence it became Visakhapatnam (also Vishakapatnam)...due the rather lengthy name..it is nowadays called with its (unofficial) former name Vizag.....
The other interesting thing is .. it is also called as waltair (after some British guy)...infact the railway and Bus subdivisions of the area are still called as Waltair subdivisions.
 

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Vizag is the place of Eastern Naval Command

In the height of 1971 war with pakistan an enemy submarine came all the way to bombard the navl establishments in Vizag...but it was recognised and bombarded by an Indian destroyer class ship..INS Rajput...

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/1971/Dec05/Art03.htm

to commemorate that event the navy has erected a war memorial along the beach road in Vizag




































 
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