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After 1500 hours of relentless diving operations Navy clueless about Sindhurakshak tragedy Featured

  • Thursday, Sep 19 2013

 After a month long relentless efforts, including 1500 hours of diving operations which are still continuing nonstop Indian Navy is yet to find a credible clue which may lead it to plausible reason of explosion that sank the attack submarine INS Sindhurakshak along with 18 naval personnel on-board.

In a status report given to media on Thursday Indian Navy indicated that the investigations have struck a wall and “further progress in the case is possible only after the boat is salvaged.  One month deadline given to the Board of Inquiry has been extend, official sources in the navy said. “Every Board of Inquiry is provided a broad period and it is not proper to come this conclusion that nothing has been done so far” an officer, who is closely monitoring the case, said while confirm that the RFP to the world class salvager companies was being issued at the earliest.

INS Sindhurakshak tragedy that occurred in the intervening nights of August 13 and August 14 and diving operations were started only after August 16 as the water in the Mumbai dockyard was too hot to enter till then. The incident has severely jolted the moral of Indian navy in general and its submarine arm in particular, though navy officials said all the operational submarines are sailing after a thorough check was conducted immediately after this accident. Out of 18 sailors including 3 officers onboard, 11 bodies have been recovers so far and 9 bodies were handed over the families after DNA identification. The body of any officer has not been found yet.

The salvage operation may take more than 6 months depending upon the situation in the naval dockyard of Mumbai where the submarine sank. The boat was fully flooded after it gone down. The explosion was triggered in armament section of the submarine according the defence minister AK Antony who gave an statement in the parliament about the tragedy.

“The BoI cannot be completed unless the physical inspection is carried out in the boat and this is possible only when the submarine is out of the sea” sources said.

INS Sindhurakshak which returned in January after an upgrade by a Russian shipyard with an estimated cost of Rs480-crore was to serve 10 years more. Submarine was built in 1997 at St Petersburg, Russia.

 

 

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