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Indian submarine Sindhurakshak catches fire at a naval dockyard

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  1. Averageamerican

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    re: INS Sindhurakshak Tragedy

    [​IMG]I wonder if any one has ever salvaged a sub that been sunk for several months and operated it again.

    "The submarine's internal structure, especially in the weapons and other chambers close to the nose, has been severely damaged and mangled. The vessel's outer hull has also developed cracks, with its water-tight integrity breaking," said an officer.

    Since it had just returned from Russia from a refit in June 2013, am assuming it would have to be returned to Russia for repairs.
     
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    there is no point spending money on this old junk .... it may not last long anyways .... so buy new with NextGen Tech ....
     
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    INS Sindhurakshak likely to be moved out of water in 4 months

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    More than six months after its submarine sank in the Mumbai harbour, the Navy on Tuesday said it was close to finalise a contract to salvage the vessel which was expected to be moved out of water in another four months.

    The sinking of the vessel has also resulted in the Navy to seek upgrades and life enhancement of its four Kilo class Russian and two German HDW class submarines, Navy sources said here.

    The file regarding the contract for salvaging the vessel has been sent to the Defence Ministry and it is expected to be sanctioned by it very soon, they said.

    Navy’s Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak submarine had sunk on August 14 last year in its harbour after an explosion in its torpedo section killing all the 18 personnel on board and its salvaging would help the Navy to complete its inquiry into the reasons behind the incident.

    The foreign vendor has sought 45 days to bring his heavy instruments to the accident site and another three months for salvaging the vessel and putting it in a dry-dock, they said.

    Soon after the mishap, the Navy chief had stated that the inquiry would be completed in four weeks but later it was realised that it would not be possible to do so without bringing it out of water.

    After the mishap, the Navy is now going for upgrading the capabilities of its four Russian-origin Kilo class vessels and two HDW submarines.

    They said the sinking of the Sindhurakshak has not resulted in putting extra burden on the remaining vessels.

    The force was also close to finalising the contract for procuring deep sea rescue vessels, which will be useful in rescuing submariners in case of a mishap in deep sea to evacuate them.

    A submarine will be showcased in the Navy tableau at this year’s Republic Day parade.

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    Salvaging INS Sindhurakshak to cost upto Rs.300 crore, Navy tells MoD

    After an exhaustive study, an empowered committee of the Indian Navy has submitted to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that to salvage the sunk, Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhurakshak, will cost upto Rs.300 crore. However, the MOD is yet to respond. It was learnt that a final decision on this is now being awaited since the MoD is ‘vetting the entire proposal’. It was also learnt that the navy has recommended a particular firm in its report to the MoD.

    In the wake of the multiple explosions ripping apart the submarine, within the harbour, causing it to sink and killing all those onboard, the navy had not only constituted a Board of Inquiry (BoI) but also an expert committee which was to analyse and recommend a suitable agency for salvaging the ship. The committee, it was reliably learnt had experts from all walks of the navy towards giving it a comprehensive footing.
    “Almost a fortnight ago, this committee wrapped up its work and the report came from Mumbai, where it was being prepared under the aegis of the Western Naval Command (WNC) to Delhi. MoD will revert to the navy soon,” said an MOD official.

    That the navy is keen to get this signed and work commenced was obvious from the remarks made by the Admiral DK Joshi, Chief of Naval Staff on the occasion of Navy Day in 2013. He had said, “Work order towards salvaging the submarine may just be announced any day now as the navy is about to conclude final set of negotiations with three firms which have submitted commercial bids.” Not only is the BoI incomplete without this submarine being salvaged but it is also holding up space in the space-crunched naval dockyard, Mumbai.

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    Navy finalising Rs 250cr contract to salvage INS Sindhurakshak

    The Navy is close to finalising a contract expected to cost over Rs 250 crore for salvaging submarine INS Sindhurakshak, which sank in Mumbai harbour six months ago after an explosion in its torpedo section.

    The file regarding the contract for salvaging the vessel has been sent to the Defence Ministry and it is expected to be sanctioned by it very soon, Navy officials said today.

    Navy’s Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak submarine had sunk on August 14 last year in its harbour after an explosion in its torpedo section killing all the 18 personnel on board and its salvaging would help the Navy to complete its inquiry into the reasons behind the incident.

    The foreign vendor has sought 45 days to bring his heavy instruments to the accident site and another three months for salvaging the vessel and putting it in a dry-dock, they said.

    Meanwhile, a senior naval officer of the rank of Rear Admiral was summoned by his superiors in Mumbai against the backdrop of series of mishaps involving naval vessels including its frontline frigates.

    After the series of incidents involving naval warships, the Commanding officer of INS Talwar has been removed from his post after his vessel was involved in a collision with a fishing trawler, injuring four persons on board and sinking the vessel.

    The force was also close to finalising the contract for procuring deep sea rescue vessels, which will be useful in rescuing submariners in case of a mishap in deep sea.

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    Indian arm of US company wins Sindhurakshak salvage bid

    Resolve India, a subsidiary of the US-based Resolve Marine Group, has won the bid tosalvage the 16-year-old submarine, INS Sindhurakshak, which sank at the naval dockyard on August 14 last year following a series of explosions in its forward portions, killing three officers and 15 sailors on board. The contract was signed by the Indian Navy on January 31. Sources said the bid amount quoted for the salvage operations was below Rs 240 crore. India bought INS Sindhurakshak in 1997 for $113 million and upgraded it later for $156 million or around Rs 800 crore.

    Resource mobilization for salvage operations started in the first week of February. The company has to bring its “salvage masters and dive support teams†as well as heavy-duty equipment to the mishap site within 45 days. The actual salvaging could take another three to four months. “The salvage operation for the sunken submarine is estimated approximately below Rs 250 crore. It will also take a while to complete the entire exercise as 90% of the ordnance on the vessel is still intact†a source said.

    Meanwhile, the dredging work to increase the depth of the seabed where the submarine sunk commenced last December . “The current depth of the seabed where the sub sunk is approximately five-feet that will increase by another eight-feet once dredging is complete so that the vessel to carry out the salvage operations can sail in,†said a defence spokesperson.

    The final report in the sub explosion is yet to be prepared. “Once the sub is lifted out of water , the board of inquiry committee will conduct the chemical analysis to ascertain the cause for the explosion after which the final report will be prepared,†the official added. Preliminary probe indicated it was “an accident or inadvertent mishandling of ammunition†that caused things to spiral out of control with some missile and torpedo warheads exploding in “sympathetic detonationâ€.

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    Re: Indian arm of US company wins Sindhurakshak salvage bid

    Ohh! Come on.... What can be salvaged from it apart from scrap metal? The Klub missiles have left it of no use.
     
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    Re: Indian arm of US company wins Sindhurakshak salvage bid

    Espionage cover up by the espionage maker itself.
     
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    Salvage work on sunk submarine finally kicks off in Mumbai

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    New Delhi: The complex salvage operation to "fish out" INS Sindhurakshak and carefully extricate its unexploded missiles and torpedoes is now finally kicking off, six months after the 3,000-tonne submarine sank due to internal explosions and killed three officers and 15 sailors at the Mumbai naval dockyard.

    Defence ministry sources on Wednesday said the almost Rs 240 crore salvage contract has been inked with Resolve India, a subsidiary of the US-based Resolve Marine Group, which has to bring its "salvage masters and dive support teams" as well as heavy-duty equipment to the mishap site within 45 days. The actual salvaging could take another three-four months.

    "It will be a challenging task since the submarine, with internal deformation due to the series of explosions in the forward weapons compartment, is submerged in eight metres of water. It cannot be simply lifted out since its structural integrity is suspect. The room for manoeuvre is also limited due to the limited depth," said a source.

    Moreover, the Kilo-class submarine still has the bulk of its torpedoes and Klub-S missiles strewn inside after being dislodged from their six firing tubes and 12 racks in the boat's nose. INS Sindhurakshak was fully-loaded with 18 missiles and torpedoes since it was to head for a long patrol just a few hours after the mishap took place on August 14.

    There is little likelihood of the missiles and torpedoes being "unstable" since they have already been exposed to explosions, high pressure and temperatures, apart from being underwater for such a long time. "But handling of unexploded ammunition is always a tricky job," said an expert.

    The Navy will be able to complete its pending board of inquiry (BoI) only after forensic and other examination of the submarine take place. As reported earlier, preliminary findings indicated it was "an accident or inadvertent mishandling of ammunition" that caused things to spiral out of control with some missile and torpedo warheads exploding in "sympathetic detonation".

    INS Sindhurakshak, incidentally, had returned to India in April last year after undergoing an over two-year "mid-life medium refit-cum-upgradation" in Russia at a cost of $156 million. When the submarine was inducted in December 1997, it had cost $113 million, as was first reported by TOI.

    The accident punched a big hole into the Navy's underwater combat arm, leaving it with only 13 aging diesel-electric submarines - nine Kilo-class of Russian origin and four HDW of German-origin. Only half of them are operational at any given time.

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    Re: Salvage work on sunk submarine finally kicks off in Mumbai

    finger crossed :tup:
     
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    How could Sindhurakshak sink: Parl panel asks Navy

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    A baffled Parliamentary panel has asked the navy how could INS Sindhurakshak, a kilo-class submarine, explode and sink within months of undergoing a costly upgrade in Russia.

    HT was first to raise questions about the quality of upgrade the warship underwent in Russia before it was handed over to the navy in January 2013. The upgrade was carried out at a cost of more than Rs. 815 crore.

    In a report tabled in Lok Sabha Tuesday, the Parliamentary standing committee on defence asked the navy to take steps to reduce mishaps and protect the lives of trained crew — 18 personnel were killed when the submarine went down.

    The panel also asked the force to take measures to safeguard “sophisticated machines.” It asked the navy to pinpoint the cause of the accident, as such incidents “would be catastrophic and adversely affect the morale of naval personnel” on other warships.

    The Russian-origin warship is still nose-down in water, with the navy recently awarding a Rs. 240-crore contract to a US firm for salvaging the warship.

    The Russian shipyard that upgraded the submarine under a 2010 contract had claimed it had installed advanced weapons and systems to enhance the boat’s combat capability.

    The mid-life upgrade on the warship — the ninth in a series of 10 Kilo-class undersea killers bought from Russia —- was intended to increase the life of the vessel by at least 10 years.

    The submarine underwent an overhaul there for nearly 18 months. A modern Club-S missile system was installed on the submarine along with more than 10 foreign and Indian systems. The Russian shipyard has modernised five conventional Indian Navy submarines since 1997.

    After the INS Sindhurakshak accident, defence minister AK Antony had asked the navy brass to “optimally operate” the country’s assets and ensure these were not “frittered away.”

    Meanwhile, the Comptroller and Auditor General on Monday picked holes in the navy’s refit management, arguing that “considerable delays” in carrying out repairs had led to warships not being available for operational roles.

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    INS Sindhurakshak brought out of water after 10 months.
    Ten months after it sank following an explosion killing all 18 personnel on board, the Russian- origin Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhurakshak has been brought out of water and rested on a pontoon in the naval dockyards in Mumbai.
     
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    There are not many who can understand comprehend the working & living conditions prevailing in a sub: it is difficult for the other defence personel and impossible for the normal citizen!!

    It is very easy to point the finger and blame anyone, in reality there many factors that cause an accident in the best maintained sub belonging to the superpowers. Our attitude to quality is more are less the same in all walks of life, defence is no different. Check the shop floor of the a Japanese, American and English heavy engineering factory and compare it with the best facility of our country........................ Miles apart!

    It is very sad that we lost some of our officers and men in this accident is all we can say....... Leaving the Board of Enquiry and the Court marshal (If it concludes) Let us make all effort to bring in this attitude change on Quality conciousness.
     
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    Someone should change the name of the thread to "In.... that caught fire..." from "In.... catches fire...". Honestly with so many Sindhu- submarines every time I see the thread name first on the list of threads I get a mini heart attack.
     
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