Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fire Aboard Indian Submarine, 2 Officers Missing

The hits just keep on coming. The Indian Navy is now dealing with a second major accident involving a Kilo in the last six months. After the INS Sindhurakshak explosion that killed 18 personnel in August last year, its sister ship INS Sindhuratna experienced a serious gas leak in the battery compartment, activating the freon-based fire suppression system. While 7 sailors were air evacuated from the submarine, two officers -- a Lt Cdr and a Lt -- are still unaccounted for. A 15-member inspection team led by a Commodore from the Western Naval Command is in the process of conducting preliminary inspections. At this time, the submarine is fully surfaced and returning to Mumbai at reduced speed. Will post updates through the day. While sources in the navy say they fear the worst for the 2 missing officers, let's hope by some miracle that they've made it.

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

india can't even fight sri lanka with this type of navy...

Unknown said...

poor safety standard we fear if such non professional handling is also done on-board nuclear submarine Mumbai or Visakhapatnam might evaporate in a matter of seconds.....

Anonymous said...

navy chief shall retire ..... if he has some grace left...

Anonymous said...

give the ships to fishermen they would be operating them with more safety regime in place .....

Anonymous said...

If a Lt. and Lt. Cdr are missing, there is something seriously wrong with the refit or upgrade. We never heard of such incidents prior to their refit.

Anonymous said...

Maybe its just that Kilos are at the end of their useful life and need to be replaced. Off course, this doesn't explain all the other accidents with surface ships.

cujo

Sourav Paul said...

navy chief resigns....it seems at least someone has the guts to come up and take responsibility.....but alas we lose one trained and talented commander....the problem would continue to persist.

Anonymous said...

Russians fleecing India with junk !!

Anonymous said...

Its a sorry state of affairs in the IN. A navy chief of a country had to resign to make a senseless UPA government see some sense in putting up with creaking, cracking age old junks.

Rajeev Chaturvedi said...

A 58000 strong Indian Navy, smallest among all major powers, is asked to defend 7500 km of coast, and millions of km of EEZ. Is there shortage of people in India for Naval jobs?

How come Indian Army is bloating and bloating to now 1.5 million people?

Who allows these haphazard management and policies?? Will RM AK Anotny own up and resign also? Has anybody told him that he is the worst defence minster of India after Menon? He frittered away 10 year of rare peace!!!