Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Indian Navy Rear Admiral Shoots Self, Accidentally

Rear Admiral Satyendra Singh Jamwal, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command died of firearm injuries this morning after what appears to have been a freak accident at the INS Dronacharya gunnery school firing range in Kochi. The officer was inspecting the unit, and was doing some small-arm target practice with a 9mm pistol when the incident happened. The Navy says he was cleaning the firearm when it accidentally went off. Admiral Jamwal, 51, a native of Suchani in Jammu and an anti-submarine warfare specialist, served in a previous capacity as India's Naval Attache in Moscow. The officer was commissioning CO of frigate INS Beas and commissioning XO of destroyer INS Delhi. He is survived by his wife, Geeta, and two children. R.I.P.

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

Sincere condolences to those bereaved in this absolute tragic manner.
While the details of the incident are nor clear how could this have ever happened.
SOPs and safety practices are often neglected in our general society totally.
The forces do have higher standards than civilians ,but given the undisciplined nature of our civil society at large there is extra need to be ever vigilant and reinforce them constantly at all levels junior and esp senior.
We have had such needless incidents before,like the crew member killed by a round left in an HMG while it was being cleaned in a naval ship.Then there was the BDL factory incident when a live missile was triggered indoors killing and injuring many.And so many others.

Anonymous said...

RIP to one of our fine servicemen. May his family find the strength to get through this.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P

Anonymous said...

Shoots Self
huh? how?

roach said...

A Terrible tragedy, R.I.P

Ra said...

R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

A fine officer & person. What a tragedy. I went to school with him & he was truly an all-rounder. Later won the Sword of Honor at the Naval Academy; ADC to the President & other plum assignments. Thought to be on the fast track to the top post. May he RIP & may God grant solace to his family. Peace brother!

El Phocho said...

Sources say the FN Browning GP35 9mm pistol he was firing jammed after he had fired 2 rounds. He then brought the gu near his face to check what was wrong and was trying to clear the jam when the gun went off in his hand, killing him.

A top police officer in Kochi however said it was suicide. "Admiral Jamwal fired two rounds into the target and the third behind his temple," the senior officer said after inquest, attributing the tragedy to domestic problems.

Unofficial sources however claim it was a freak accident( But the sources could not say as to which part of the late admiral's body the bullet had hit).

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear this sad news. But how does he shoot himself by accident - that too fatally?

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear this sad news. But how does he shoot himself by accident - that too fatally?

godanov said...

I'm sorry for the man's family, but this is stupid. the is no way he killed himself with a pistol while cleaning it. This is obviously a lie.

Anonymous said...

I smell a rat. Given his proximity to the current biggest supplier to India most likely he could have been cleared out of the way by Wannabe biggest supplier and their biggest friends the Kaangress.

BTW, RIP Jamwal sir.

gossipking0104 said...

May god give strength to his family to bear this grave loss..RIP

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