|A-72's SISTER SHIP A-73 / PHOTO: INDIAN NAVY|
An Indian Navy torpedo recovery vessel A-72 of the Astravahini-class has sunk off the coast of Visakhapatnam. One sailor has died, 23 rescued and four remain missing. An extensive search and rescue operation is currently on at the Eastern Naval Command. The vessel experienced 'abrupt flooding' according to a navy official I spoke to. The 110 ton ship was on a routine primary mission to recover practice torpedoes fired by vessels of the Eastern fleet.