Maintaining that a series of accidents in the recent past have dented the Indian Navy`s image, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan today called upon his men and officers to strive hard to restore the pride and prestige of the world`s fourth largest maritime force.
After accidents involving some submarines caused concern, the Indian Navy said it had taken several measures to enhance safety of its vessels including extensive checks of weapon systems and audit of the standard operating procedures.
The recent INS Sindhuratna mishap has brought to the fore a startling revelation that the Manmohan Singh-led Congress government had ignored the warning issued by the Indian Navy in 2010 that the country`s submarine fleet was depleting and was in a poor condition.
A day after two Indian officers on INS Sindhuratna submarine lost their lives in an accident, a confidential report by Defence Ministry has reportedly revealed that it had already warned the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) about the poor conditions of several submarines.
A day after Indian Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi resigned taking moral responsibility for a series of accidents that have hit naval vessels over the past few months, Defence Minister AK Antony said he was “sad about the whole development”.