Russian shipyard Zvyozdochka can help investigate Indian submarine sinking

Russia's shipyard has offered to help investigate Wednesday's explosion aboard Indian diesel-electric submarine Sindurakshak that destroyed the vessel, which had undergone an overhaul at the shipyard recently, and killed its entire crew of 18

Russia's shipyard has offered to help investigate Wednesday's explosion aboard Indian diesel-electric submarine Sindurakshak that destroyed the vessel, which had undergone an overhaul at the shipyard recently, and killed its entire crew of 18.

"We stand ready to provide any technical assistance and any help with personnel to get to the cause of what happened," a spokesman for Zvyozdochka, which is located in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region, told Interfax.

The 16-year-old Russian-made submarine exploded, caught fire and sank during the accident, which occurred at the Mumbai port.

"The vessel was accepted by the Indian side, which always has very strict quality requirements for the fulfillment of its orders, while the shipyard guarantees the quality of its services. The submarine covered more than 8,000 miles to its base [in India] without any accidents, it has performed several missions, and there was no indication of trouble," he said.

The spokesman said none of the Zvyozdochka personnel currently posted in Mumbai was hurt in the accident.

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