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Indian submarine Sindhurakshak catches fire at a naval dockyard

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  1. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Indian submarine Sindhurakshak catches fire at a naval dockyard

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    INS Sindhurakshak submarine,

    Fire broke out in a submarine, named Sindhurakshak, between Lion Gate and Seta Gate late on Tuesday night at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.

    Preliminary reports suggest that there was some explosive material present in the ship which may have caught fire. More than 12 fire engines, which were immediately rushed to the spot, have now brought the fire under control.

    No major casualties were reported yet. Personnel with minor injuries were admitted in the naval hospital.

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    Preliminary reports suggest that there was explosive material present in the ship which may have caught fire.

    Mumbai: Indian submarine Sindhurakshak catches fire at a naval dockyard
     
  2. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Update:

    A blast aboard the Indian Navy's Kilo-class diesel electric submarine INS Sindhurakshak at the naval dockyard in Mumbai injured five sailors tonight.

    Most sailors jumped overboard after the midnight blast, suspected to have occurred in the boiler, naval sources said. The five who were injured were rescued and taken to hospital ship INHS Ashwini, parked at the Mumbai dock.

    The fire spread to another submarine of the same class, INS Sindhuratna.

    "A total of 25 fire tenders brought the fire under control within an hour and a half of the blast. Senior officers have rushed to the spot," the source said.

    The blast, which appeared to have been caused by an electrical short circuit, could be heard in the city’s Kalaghoda area about 2km away.

    A fire brigade official said that around 3 a.m., the blaze had been brought under control and prevented from spreading to other vessels docked in the vicinity.

    The blast was first heard ashore by deputy chief fire office P.S. Rahandale who was on leave and attending a private engagement near the Gateway of India promenade. He immediately alerted the fire brigade and other emergency services.

    Submarine blast | The Telegraph

    Explosion, fire rock Indian submarine (Third Lead) | Business Standard
     
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    chachachoudhary Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Adjacent submarine catching fire as if it was coated with resin. I am smelling a rat.:tsk:
     
  4. Manmohan Yadav

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    good, replace them with 2 new nuclear subs asap

    in the mean time, fix them
     
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    Good??? Sailors are feared to be dead.
     
  6. WMD

    WMD Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Submarine force of India is dwindling and now this incident.
    Sindhurakshak was recently refitted in a Russian shipyard.
    With delays in Scorpene, it'll be like sprinkling salt over IN's wound.
    With 2 good news in recent times the morale of IN was sky-high, the repercussions of this incident remains to be seen.
    Even if the 2 subs are found to be repairable it'll take considerable time, for the duration they'll be out of action.
    I fear the worst and hope for the best, though one wonders whether it really was an accident.
    Unrelated but I can't stop thinking abt last year's fire abroad USS Miami.
     
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    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    The navy has said that the fate of the 18 personnel who were aboard the INS Sindhurakshak is yet to be ascertained. Rescue operations are underway, but it is unclear if any of the 18 personnel trapped aboard have survived the explosion and fire that took place in the forward area housing the submarine’s torpedoes.

    A board of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the fire that broke out aboard the Sindhurakshak submarine at the Mumbai naval dockyard.

    There is no official reason given for the fire, which was preceded by a blast shortly after midnight. However CNN-IBN reports that possible reasons could be a gas leakage, or even pressure problems. The submarine was above water when the explosion occurred.

    Rescue and salvage operations are currently underway. Eighteen personnel including three officers are missing.

    Times Now reported that two thirds of the submarine was destroyed, and it was currently lying around 2-3 metres under water. If the navy does indeed lose the vessel, it will be a massive loss. The submarine was redone and refitted in Russia for a massive 18 million dollars recently.

    Live updates: Fire aboard INS Sindhurakshak - Firstpost
     
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    Mumbai: 9:15 am: Latest emerging visuals are indicating that multiple blasts could have taken place outside the INS Sindhurakshak.

    9:01 am: Officials say the latest visuals suggest that the submarine, INS Sindhurakshak, is largely submerged in water after a major fire broke out on board following an explosion. Meanwhile, efforts are on to rescue 18 personnel feared trapped on board the submarine.

    A major fire broke out on board the INS Sindhurakshak submarine at the Mumbai Naval Dockyard late on Tuesday night. Officials say that an explosion caused the fire, but the cause of the explosion is not yet known.

    Officials are puzzled after seeing the footage of the explosion. They say the visuals indicate that multiple blasts seem to have taken place outside the submarine.

    There is no clarity on whether the fire is under control, but 18 personnel who were on board at the time of the incident are still feared to be trapped inside.

    Efforts are on to ascertain their safety and salvage of the submarine. At least 16 fire tenders are at the location apart from Navy's internal fire fighting team.

    The Navy divers are also on the spot to ensure the safety of the personnel on board the submarine. It is a battle against time as the oxygen inside the submarine is limited for the people who are trapped inside.

    A board of inquiry has been formed to investigate the case. Officials say the submarine is largely submerged under water now and a large part of it has been gutted.

    "I heard a loud sound and then I saw smoke and fire," said an eyewitness. "I was at work when I heard a loud sound. The sky had turned red," another eyewitness said.

    Sequence of events:

    12.10am: Fire breaks out on submarine after an explosion

    12.30am: 6 fire tenders rushed to the Naval dockyard

    2 am: Naval officers briefed on the situation

    6 am: 16 fire tenders sent to the dockyard

    7 am: Officials confirm submarine is gutted

    7.20 am: Navy divers prepared to rescue personnel, inspect site

    Live: Footage indicates multiple blasts outside INS Sindhurakshak
     
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    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    What if Russia did a bad job with the refit, leading to the accident ? or if there was an attack on the Naval base & the government & Navy are trying to cover-up things?

    INS Sindhurakshak is gone...officials confirm submarine is gutted !!
     
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    Damn, another blow to the already pathetic submarine force of India. Now will those officials in MoD wake up and speed up Scorpene delivery and P-75i?
     
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    was this an terrorist attack !!! some dumb brain fack sailor indoctrinate into this act
     
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    Update:

    Explosion on Indian Navy submarine INS Sindhurakshak possibly due to gas buildup

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    The explosion on board the INS Sindhurakshak was possibly a result of the buildup of volatile hydrogen gas during a battery charging. Sources told India Today that the submarine had faced a similar explosion when she was docked in Visakhapatnam in February 2010 which killed one crew member.

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    The navy's Board of Inquiry in 2010 pinned the cause to a faulty battery valve that leaked hydrogen. The submarine was lightly manned at the time of the accident and later sent for a 2.5-year refit to Russia that year. It had returned to the naval dockyard on April 29 this year after the refit that cost approximately $80 million.

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    Conventional submarines like the Sindhurakshak are powered by a combination of diesel generators and electric batteries. The 2300-ton Sindhurakshak has 500 batteries. These have to be 'over charged' once every few months during which process each cell is manually checked. The presence of a large crew early in the morning points to a supervised battery overcharge.

    "The Kilo-class submarines do not have automatic monitoring systems which mean the overcharging is manually supervised," says a former Kilo-class submarine skipper. The built-up hydrogen during a battery charging is sucked out by two blowers. The performance of these blowers can be affected if a proper vacuum is not maintained in the exhaust pathway. If the vacuum as well as the exhaust pathway is not maintained, hydrogen settles in small pockets which can be triggered off by any small spark like a falling utility tool.

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    Sindhurakshak is the ninth of a series of ten 'Sindhughosh' class submarines that were bought from the erstwhile Soviet Union beginning in 1985. India and China, with ten submarines each, are the world's largest operators of the Soviet-designed Kilo class submarines. Seven Indian Kilo-class submarines have been given mid-life refits in Russia. Refits of two other Kilo-class submarines, Sindhukirti and Sindhushastra, are underway at the naval dockyard in Vizag.

    Explosion on Indian Navy submarine INS Sindhurakshak possibly due to gas buildup : North, News - India Today
     
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    i was talking in context of the navy, not sailors
     
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    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    18 personnel who were on board at the time of the incident are still feared to be trapped inside. No reports yet of them being rescued.
     
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