Ac­ci­dent on board INS Sind­hu­ratna, two of­fi­cers dead


Two Naval of­fi­cers were de­clared dead by the In­dian Navy in an ac­ci­dent on INS Sind­hu­ratna. They are Lt Com­man­der Kapish Muwal and Lt Manoran­jan Ku­mar. “The two of­fi­cers who were ear­lier de­clared miss­ing have been lo­cated in the com­part­ment and af­ter ex­am­i­na­tion by med­i­cal of­fi­cers both the of­fi­cers were de­clared dead,” the Navy press re­lease stated.

The sub­ma­rine, which suf­fered a mishap af­ter heavy smoke filled one of its com­part­ments, reached the Mum­bai har­bour the next day. The Rus­sian-made Kilo class sub­ma­rine was forced to sur­face af­ter the ac­ci­dent. The sub­ma­rine was on a rou­tine ex­er­cise when smoke en­gulfed it leading to the ac­ci­dent, Navy sources said.

The In­dian Navy has stated INS Sind­hu­ratna was at sea off Mum­bai for rou­tine train­ing and workup (in­spec­tion). While at sea in the early hours of Fe­bru­ary 26, 2014, smoke was re­ported in the sailors’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, in com­part­ment num­ber three. Smoke was brought un­der con­trol by the sub­ma­rine’s crew.

In the process of con­trol­ling the smoke/fire, seven crew mem­bers in­haled smoke and felt un­easy. The Head­quar­ters, Western Naval Com­mand (HQWNC) rushed a Sea King he­li­copter with med­i­cal team. Seven of the nine crew mem­bers were trans­ferred to naval hospi­tal Asvini.

Naval ships were dis­patched by HQWNC to pro­vide as­sis­tance to the sub­ma­rine. Sub­ma­rine is safe and does not have any weapons on board. The sub­ma­rine will re­turn to har­bour shortly. An in­quiry has been or­dered to es­tab­lish the cause of the in­ci­dent.

Tak­ing moral re­spon­si­bil­ity for the ac­ci­dents and in­ci­dents which have taken place dur­ing the past few months, the Chief of Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi re­signed from the post of CNS on Fe­bru­ary 27. The Govern­ment has ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Ad­mi­ral Joshi with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan will be dis­charg­ing the du­ties of of­fi­ci­at­ing CNS, pend­ing ap­point­ment of reg­u­lar CNS. SP

Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi

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