Dismayed to hear about the commanding officer of the Indian Navy's frontline frigate INS Talwar
, Captain Gopal Suri being relieved of his position
last week pending the outcome of an inquiry into an accident at sea. The action against him was expected following a disaster in the darkness on December 23 where the Talwar rammed a fishing boat, sending the 27 fishermen on board flying into the sea (the Talwar subsequently rescued all). But this isn't the first time a skipper has been relived of command.
Commissioned in 2003, Talwar, the first of six modified Krivak III class frigates from Russia, has had a conspicuously unlucky run. In 2012, then commanding officer Captain Rahul Parmar was relieved of command
following the death of a sub-lieutenant during a swimming drill -- Parmar was subsequently found guilty
by a court martial.
Eight years earlier, on December 27, 2005, the Talwar's sister ship INS Trishul collided with a merchant vessel MV Ambuja Laxmi outside Mumbai harbour, an accident that saw its commanding officer Captain Sunil Edwin David being stripped of command as well.
It's been a rough few months for the Indian Navy following the tragic accident on board submarine INS Sindhurakshak. The navy has invited a few of us for a briefing on Tuesday, where more details will perhaps be available on the nature of the incidents being reported on, safety stand-downs and follow-up action. More details soon.
Labels: Accidents, Navy, Warships And Submarines