Indian Navy: 10 Recent Major Mishaps
NEW DELHI: Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi has resigned taking "moral responsibility" over the spate of mishaps involving naval warships in the last seven months. Joshi, who had about 15 months more left in service, submitted his resignation hours after submarine INS Sindhuratna had a mishap in which seven sailors were taken seriously ill and two officers were missing. The Defence Ministry immediately accepted his resignation and ordered that Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral R K Dhowan take over as the Acting Chief till a regular Chief is appointed.
Here are the 10 recent major mishaps.
INS Sindhuratna (February 2014) - Just months after a fire on INS Sindhurakshak killed 18 navy men, two officers lost their lives and seven were seriously injured in a mishap involving the Russian-origin Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhuratna.
INS Sindhurakshak (August 2013) - Blasts ripped through the torpedo compartment of the INS Sindhurakshak while it was berthed at the naval dockyard off the Mumbai coast. Fifteen sailors and three officers were killed. The vessel then submerged under three meters of water. Divers could not even approach the submarine for two to three hours due to the extreme heat that it was generating.
INS Viraat (September 2013) - Fire broke out near the officer's mess of the aircraft carrier off the coast of Mumbai in September last year.
INS Konkan (December 2013) - A mine sweeper under the Eastern Naval Command, the Konkan caught fire at the naval dockyard at Visakhapatnam while undergoing repairs. The fire engulfed much of the ship's interior before it was put off.
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