A dark day for the Indian Navy. For the time in its history, a Chief of Naval Staff -- Admiral D.K. Joshi -- has resigned. A 'deeply upset' Admiral met Indian defence minister A.K. Antony at noon today, hours after an accident on board submarine INS Sindhuratna, the latest in a series of mishaps that have thrust the navy into a quagmire of questions of safety standards, operating procedures and its peacetime record.
I've just accessed the text of Admiral Joshi's resignation letter:
I have the honour to refer to recent incidents/accidents during the past few months that have impacted the professional image of the Navy. While the government has continued to repose its fullest trust and confidence in the service, I consider my continuation as Chief of the Naval Staff as untenable.
In the interests of accountability, I therefore accept fullest moral responsibility for the above mentioned accidents/incidents, and hence I have the honour to resign with immediate effect.
In the interim, the Vice Chief of Naval Staff may discharge the responsibilities as an officiating CNS.
Admiral D.K. Joshi
The Indian Navy's vice chief Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan has been appointed acting Navy chief. The MoD will shortly appoint a full-time officer.