Mumbai: 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