Saturday, July 3, 2010

Two Submarines of Indian Navy Suffered Damage in a Collision

Two submarines of the Indian Navy suffered minor damage in a collision at a jetty in the Mumbai harbour when one of vessels was attempting parallel berthing with the other. There was no injury to any Navy personnel during the incident and Navy officers at the headquarters in New Delhi termed the incident as a minor one. "It is a minor incident that took place 10 days ago.

A submarine was attempting a parallel berthing alongside another, which is a routine practice, at the Navy jetty in the Mumbai harbour," a Naval officer told PTI. Since there was no damage to any equipment or weapon system, the Navy said a minor repair to the submarine would be carried out locally.

Though officially the Navy refused to respond to queries on the incident, officers said these types of minor incidents do take place regularly when attempting parallel berthing. The officers, however, refused to identify the type of submarines that collided. Navy at present has 16 submarines in its fleet, of which 10 are Kilo class submarines bought from the Russians, four are HDW types and another two are Foxtrot class.

 One of the Foxtrot class submarines is due to be decommissioned from the Navy this month. Navy plans to induct six more submarines into its fleet in the next five years under the Scorpene project currently underway in Mazgaon Docks, a Defence Public Sector Undertaking, in Mumbai. It is also looking for a follow-on project for the Scorpenes and is currently searching for a second production line for the same for which private shipyards too are being considered.

Press Trust of India

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