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    INS Sindhurakshak Fire and Salvage



    NEW DELHI: An Indian navy submarine with about 18 sailors on board caught fire after an explosion and sunk early Wednesday at its home port in Mumbai.

    Efforts were being made to ascertain the safety of the personnel and salvage the diesel- and electricity-powered submarine, navy spokesman Narendra Vispute said.

    Indian news channel NDTV said a loud explosion was heard and a huge flame leapt up in the sky. Nearly a dozen fire engines rushed to the dockyard to douse the fire, it said.

    They extinguished the fire in about two hours. Afterward, the sub was submerged at its berth in the naval dockyard.

    Vispute said the cause of the explosion is being investigated.

    Further details were not available.

    The 16-year-old Russian-made submarine, INS Sindhurakshak, had recently returned from Russia after undergoing an overhaul and upgrade, Rahul Bedi, an analyst for the independent Jane's Information Group, said.

    India has 14 diesel-powered submarines, he said.

    Last year, India acquired a Russian Nerpa nuclear submarine for its navy on a 10-year lease from Russia at a total cost of nearly $1 billion.

    On Saturday, India activated the atomic reactor on its first indigenously designed and built nuclear submarine, which the navy could deploy in the next two years.

    India has steadily built up its naval capabilities in recent years, spurred by its rivalry with neighboring China.

    http://dawn.com/news/1035775/indian-...hes-fire-sinks

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    Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    NEW DELHI: An Indian navy submarine with about 18 sailors on board caught fire after an explosion and sunk early Wednesday at its home port in Mumbai.

    Efforts were being made to ascertain the safety of the personnel and salvage the diesel- and electricity-powered submarine, navy spokesman Narendra Vispute said.

    Indian news channel NDTV said a loud explosion was heard and a huge flame leapt up in the sky. Nearly a dozen fire engines rushed to the dockyard to douse the fire, it said.

    They extinguished the fire in about two hours. Afterward, the sub was submerged at its berth in the naval dockyard.

    Vispute said the cause of the explosion is being investigated.

    Further details were not available.

    The 16-year-old Russian-made submarine, INS Sindhurakshak, had recently returned from Russia after undergoing an overhaul and upgrade, Rahul Bedi, an analyst for the independent Jane's Information Group, said.

    India has 14 diesel-powered submarines, he said.

    Last year, India acquired a Russian Nerpa nuclear submarine for its navy on a 10-year lease from Russia at a total cost of nearly $1 billion.

    On Saturday, India activated the atomic reactor on its first indigenously designed and built nuclear submarine, which the navy could deploy in the next two years.

    India has steadily built up its naval capabilities in recent years, spurred by its rivalry with neighboring China.

    http://dawn.com/news/1035775/indian-...hes-fire-sinks

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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    India media are suggesting ISI and Hafiz Saeed yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinbad View Post
    India media are suggesting ISI and Hafiz Saeed yet?
    Its not some coward act of suicide bombers killing innocent civilians. So NO, its not an ISI or Hafiz saeed job.

    Might be some accident: electrical short circuit may be.
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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    Disturbing. My prayers and thoughts with those trapped. Families must be going through hell and back.
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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    18 missing. some much time has passed. Chances of survival is very thin.

    Hope some miracle happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by contract killer View Post
    18 missing. some much has passed. Chances of survival is very thin.

    Hope some miracle happens.
    Sad and bad news. I heard it recently had been rewired.

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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    Confirmed deaths of Crew onboard....

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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    INS Sindhurakshak timeline

    1997: INS Sindhurakshak procured by Indian navy, one of the 10 vessels in the Kilo-class submarines bought from Russia between 1986-2000
    February 2010: A fire that broke out in its battery compartment kills one sailor
    August 2010: Submarine sent for re-fit to equip it with cruise missile systems
    June 2012: Refit completed with refurbished hull and 10 years added to its 25-year service life
    October 20102: Sea trials begin for submarine
    14 August 2013: Submarine hit by explosion and fire with sailors feared trapped inside

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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    There was a fire incident in the very same submarine in Feb 2010 too. That was why it was sent to Russia and again a fire incident after it's return!
    The total complement is 68 thankGod there were less people aboard!
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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    Quote Originally Posted by Superkaif View Post
    Sad and bad news. I heard it recently had been rewired.
    It was sent to russia after a fire incident in Feb 2010
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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha1 View Post
    It was sent to russia after a fire incident in Feb 2010

    Whatever the Russians did to this submarine..has been done to 8 other Indian subs...
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    Mumbai - Eighteen Indian sailors were trapped and some were killed after an explosion and fire on a diesel-powered submarine berthed at a base in Mumbai on Wednesday, souring a week of naval milestones, including the launch of a locally built aircraft carrier.

    Defence Minister AK Antony said crew members inside the Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak had died. He gave no details.

    The explosion just after midnight was likely an accident, but an investigation was under way to establish the cause, the navy said.

    "There are some people who are trapped on board, we are in the process of trying to rescue them," said navy spokesperson PVS Satish. "We will not give up until we get to them."

    http://www.news24.com/World/News/Dea...blast-20130814

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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    First we need to find out the cause of this accident. And then thorough check of all 8 Subs need to be done based on the findings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoKeMon View Post
    Its not some coward act of suicide bombers killing innocent civilians. So NO, its not an ISI or Hafiz saeed job.

    Might be some accident: electrical short circuit may be.
    Highly likely cause. Need to investigate urgently.
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    Sindhurakshak fire a body blow to India's submarine fleet
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    The explosion on India’s Russian-built submarine INS Sindhurakshak that caused it to sink early on Wednesday has dealt a severe blow to the Indian Navy’s fast deteriorating underwater force levels.

    Trapped inside the diesel-electric submarine are 18 sailors, including the warship’s second senior-most officer or XO in naval parlance.

    The tragedy — one of the worst to hit the Navy since the sinking of INS Khukri in the 1971 Indo-Pak war — couldn’t have come at a worst time for the Navy as its submarine fleet is currently “in a highly precarious state”, a covert defence ministry report states.

    Navy chief Admiral DK Joshi has already reached Mumbai.

    This is not the first time that an incident has happened aboard Sidhurakshak: there was a similar explosion when the warship was docked in Visakhapatnam in February 2010 which killed a crew member was left two injured.

    Top Navy officials are flabbergasted that the latest disaster comes barely seven months after the 2,300-tonne warship was overhauled at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Russia at a cost of more than $80 million (R480 crore).

    Even as neighbour China is scaling up its underwater capabilities swiftly, India’s navy’s submarine force levels would be at its lowest in history by 2015, as reported by HT in April, quoting from a confidential defence ministry report.

    The Navy currently operates 14 submarines, including a nuclear-powered attack submarine leased from Russia. However, the “viable strength” of its submarine arm is much less, factoring in the operational availability of the boats.

    The Sindhurakshak tragedy has dented the Navy’s undersea capabilities majorly, a top Navy official said.

    The Navy will be left with only six to seven submarines, including India’s first and only nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant, as it begins phasing out the Russian Kilo class and German HDW Type 209 submarines next year.

    The report warned that India had “never before been poised in such a vulnerable situation”.

    In contrast, China operates about 45 submarines, including two ballistic missile ones. It is planning to construct 15 additional Yuan-class attack submarines, based on German diesel engine purchases.

    The Yuan-class boats could be equipped with air-independent propulsion systems to recharge their batteries without having to surface for more than three weeks, a capability currently unavailable with the Indian Navy.

    In what is extremely worrying for the Navy, the size of India’s submarine fleet will roughly be the same as that of the Pakistani Navy in two years.

    “As this critical (undersea) capability is eroded, there is an inverse increase in both capability and strength of the Chinese and Pakistani navies,” the report states.

    Six Scorpene submarines are currently being built at the Mazagon Dock Ltd in Mumbai with technology from French firm DCNS under a R23,562-crore project codenamed P-75.

    But the first of these boats will not be ready before 2016-17, though it should have been commissioned into the Navy last year.

    The Sindhurakshak, inducted in the Navy in 1997, was docked in Mumbai when the accident took place. Details are still sketchy as to what triggered the explosions that led to a massive fire, even as the Navy has ordered a probe to figure out what went wrong.

    “This explosion on board the INS Sindhurakshak took place when the submarine was docked. Imagine the scale of the disaster had something gone wrong during operational deployment,” a top Navy official said.

    Some reports suggest that the explosion could have been caused by the build-up of volatile hydrogen gas during a battery charging, but Navy sources insisted that it was too early to speculate.

    The Sindhurakshak is the ninth of a series of 10 Sindhughosh class submarines that were bought from the erstwhile Soviet Union in the mid 1980s.

    Defence minister AK Antony had in May acknowledged limitations in the country’s ability to deploy its entire fleet. “There are some operational constraints regarding conventional submarines,” Antony had ten told top Naval commanders.

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    Re: Indian submarine catches fire, sinks

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha1 View Post
    It was sent to russia after a fire incident in Feb 2010
    Need to establish what work was done

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    RIP. to the poor souls!!

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    Why Russian arms, submarines, fighter jets, very low quality
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