New Delhi: Nearly 18 months after an explosion on board submarine INS Sindhurakshak sunk the vessel, killing 18 personnel, Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan on Wednesday indicated that human error besides other factors could have led to the tragedy.
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.
Maintaining that maritime security was government`s top priority, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today stressed the need for hastening delivery of ships to step up surveillance and secure the vast coastline. "I am aware of the challenges faced by the ship building industry in India.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley will visit aircraft carrier INS Viraat in Mumbai on Saturday and review the operational preparedness of the Western Naval Command, which witnessed two major submarine mishaps in the last one year.
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.
Retired senior officers today expressed surprise over the sudden decision of Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi to resign taking "moral responsibility" over the spate of mishaps involving naval warships in the last seven months.
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.
Six months after its submarine sunk in the Mumbai harbour, another Navy underwater vessel had a close shave near the same place last week, prompting Defence Minister AK Antony to seek a detailed report from the service on the incident.
Pulling up the Navy on the sinking of the INS Sindhurakshak submarine in which 18 personnel lost their lives, Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday asked the force "not to fritter away" such expensive national resources.