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Fire-ravaged Indian Navy submarine sinks

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:05 pm    Post subject: Fire-ravaged Indian Navy submarine sinks Reply with quote

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MUMBAI: Defence minister AK Antony on Wednesday said that he feels sad about the sailors who lost their lives in the fire on an Indian Navy submarine in Mumbai.

"I feel sad about those Navy personnel who lost their lives for the country," Antony told reporters outside Parliament.

In a major setback to the Indian Navy, a submarine caught fire after a massive explosion and sank in the dockyard here early on Wednesday, with the fate of 18 personnel, including three officers, on board remaining uncertain.

The explosion resulted in a major fire breaking out on board INS Sindhurakshak, a Russian-made Kilo class submarine of the Indian Navy, shortly after midnight, they said.

The fate of 18 persons on board the 2,300 tonne submarine, powered by a combination of diesel generators and electric batteries, is being ascertained, a defence spokesperson said. The Navy has ordered a board of inquiry to probe the explosion and subsequent fire in the submarine, he said.

Fire tenders from the Naval dockyard as well as the Mumbai Fire Brigade were immediately pressed into action, he said.

However, due to the explosion, the submarine has submerged at the dock with only a portion visible above the surface, a defence statement said.

TV footage of the incident showed a huge ball of fire triggered by the explosion lighting up the night sky in Colaba area where the Navy dockyard is located.

The statement said efforts are on to ascertain the safety of the personnel and salvage the submarine.

Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi is on his way to Mumbai. The submarine had returned after a major upgrade programme in Russia 3-4 months ago and was capable of carrying a potent weapons package including the anti-ship 'Club' missiles.

INS Sindhurakshak was not on active duty at the time of the accident, Navy sources said.

The incident has come at a time when the Navy is faced with a depleting submarine fleet.

Commodore (retd) Uday Bhaskar, a former IDSA director, said since the rate of induction of new platforms has not kept up with the kind of wear and tear that a submarine would undertake, the net result is that the Navy's submarine fleet is depleting and the operation load is increasing.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Fire-ravaged-Indian-Navy-submarine-sinks-Antony-confirms-deaths/articleshow/21819584.cms


RIP to Officers and Sailors.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP to the navy officers on board.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Sad!

Heartfelt condolences to the families of the sailors! RIP.

Is this the same INS Sindhurakshak that caught fire in Visakahapatnam in 2010, killing a couple of sailors?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Goat wrote:
Is this the same INS Sindhurakshak that caught fire in Visakahapatnam in 2010, killing a couple of sailors?


Yes it is the same sub.

It was recently refurbished and modernized in Russia and was handed back to the Indian Navy in January 2013.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is intresting that for once, not even a single Opposition party member has voiced any protest/condemnation of the government for this.

I have a feeling that the Govt has , for once, gotten to the bottom of this pretty quickly, it is a "serious" security matter, and has already conveyed this to Opposition secretly , in national interest.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved to the Military section.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oxygen leak from torpedo caused 2013 submarine fire

IANS | New Delhi
July 22, 2017 | 05:37 AM

http://www.thestatesman.com/india/oxygen-leak-from-torpedo-caused-2013-submarine-fire-1500681936.html

Oxygen leakage from a torpedo led to the fire on board Naval submarine Sindhurakshak in 2013, and the submarine was holding ammunition that was near expiry, an official report said.

A CAG report, tabled in Parliament on Friday quoted the Board of Inquiry (BoI) that looked into the accident, after scientific analysis and careful consideration inferred leakage of oxygen from a torpedo as a primary initiator of the incident.

The oxygen leak was attributed to material failure of oxygen flask or its associated pipelines.

The BoI proceedings also brought out that the operational deployment of the submarine in August 2013 by Indian Navy was not justified due to the following as the laid down Ships Operating Standards (SHOPS) for the submarine had not achieved the requisite Harbour and operational evolutions.

Complete 'Work Up' of the submarine was not conducted when the submarine was prepared for operational deployment as the 'Work Up' was completed within one week instead of prescribed two weeks.

The trials and calibration of Navigational aids and sensors should be completed prior to deployment of a submarine for 'Work Up' with any consorts. However, in the case INS Sindhurakshak, the Sea Acceptance Trials of two critical equipment were not completed even at the time of its preparation for operational deployment, the CAG report said.

"Submarine authorities concerned did not properly assess the crew fatigue, besides, the submarine was holding ammunition nearing life expiry," the report said.

Indian Navy appraised told the national auditor that as the acceptance trials are extremely stringent, however due to advent of monsoon the acceptance trials were not attempted as the sea state was appreciated to be beyond the limits laid down in the protocol.

For inadequacies in completion of SHOPS, Indian Navy stated that with the submarine's sound material state, satisfactorily completing Task-II and accomplishing a torpedo firing, the inadequacy of not having completed SHOPS was not overwhelmingly weighing against embark on a deployment.

INS Sindhurakshak was Russian-made Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy which cost Rs 404.54 crore, and was commissioned in December 1997.

The submarine suffered a minor fire incident in 2010 and a major one on 14 August 2013, which resulted in its sinking at Mumbai's naval dockyard.

The report added that between 2007-08 and 2015-16, Indian Navy ships and submarines were involved in 38 accidents, primarily attributable to fire, explosion, and flooding.

"The Indian Navy since inception, had no institutionalised framework to deal with safety issues. A dedicated organisation for dealing with safety issues was setup by the Indian Navy only in 2014, however, it awaits government's sanction," it added.
Comment: Oxygen generator and liquid hydrogen peroxide are two most dangerous components in an enclosed environment of a submarine. Make sure you know how to handle them. They are unstable.
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