The sunken diesel-electric submarine Sindhurakshak will be used for the preparation of Indian Navy’s divers. This was reported by the TV channel NDTV.
This submarine, which they brought to the surface, “will likely be sunk to the bottom of the sea once again”. This will be done to practice rescue operations, as well as mine clearance techniques.
The submarine Sindhurakshak sank in the port of Mumbai in western India after an onboard explosion on August 14, 2013. The Ministry of Defense has acknowledged that the cause of the accident was crew error while loading torpedoes, which caused them to detonate.
This diesel-electric submarine was built in 1997 at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg for the Indian Navy.
During the last two years, at least three major incidents on Indian submarines occurred due to the fault of their crews. In January 2014, the diesel-electric submarine Sindhughosh ran aground, in February 2013, the submarine Sindhuratna was engulfed with smoke when some cables caught fire, which claimed the lives of two crewmembers and injured seven others. Eighteen crewmembers were on board the Sindhurakshak at the time of the explosion. They all died.
To date, the armed forces of India have 10 Russian-built submarines of the Kilo-class – according to NATO classification, four German-built diesel-electric submarines, and a Russian nuclear submarine – the Nerpa, on a ten-year lease from Russia.
First published in Russian by TASS.
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