Mumbai, June 17: The Defence Ministry on Monday sought a detailed report from the Indian Navy about a fire incident in which a recently upgraded Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhukesari was damaged. The incident took place in March when the submarine was reportedly docked in headquarters of Indian Navy's Western Naval Command (WNC) in Mumbai. Defence sources said, “A detailed report has been sought from the Navy about the fire incident in the Naval dockyards in Mumbai.” Fire Erupts Onboard INS Vikramaditya In Karnataka, Lieutenant Commander Killed.
The submarine had recently been upgraded by a Russian shipyard and was being readied for operational roles by the force. Sources said the fire took place within a few days of the submarine returning from Russia after an expensive upgrade. According to a report published in The Economic Times, the damage was caused to the vessel when certain indigenous components, as well as a US-origin periscope, were being fitted onboard. Indian Navy Hits Back at Chinese Media For Levelling 'Unprofessionalism' Charge Over INS Vikramaditya Mishap.
The Kilo class submarines, named the Sindhughosh class were acquired by the Indian Navy in the 1980s and have been prone to a number of accidents in recent years as their originally planned service life draws to an end. The INS Sindhurakshak was lost with its crew in an explosion in 2013 while torpedoes were being loaded. Two personnel also lost their lives in a fire onboard INS Sindhuratna in 2014.
(With inputs from ANI)