Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Explosion And Sinking Of The Indian Submarine INS Sindhurakshak Claims 18 Sailors

Indian Submarine Explodes While Moored at Mumbai Dock -- Voice of America

NEW DELHI — India’s defense minister says a massive explosion aboard a diesel-powered submarine, moored at a dockyard in Mumbai, has killed some of the 18 sailors on board. The apparent accident comes as the navy has been modernizing its fleet and recently celebrated the launch of an indigenously built aircraft carrier.

Navy divers attempted to rescue the sailors trapped on board after the huge explosion early Wednesday at a naval dockyard in Mumbai. Officials said the divers could not approach the half submerged vessel for several hours because it was too hot.

Some sailors reportedly managed to jump to safety following the explosion, but an unknown number were believed to have been trapped inside.

When rescue operations failed to bring any news for hours, Defense Minister A.K. Antony indicated that there have been casualties. He called it a tragedy.

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More News On The Explosion And Sinking Of The Indian Submarine INS Sindhurakshak

Indian naval official says all 18 sailors on blast-hit submarine feared dead -- Washington Post/AP
Indian Sailors Killed as Explosion Rips Through Docked Sub -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Blast Aboard Submarine A Blow To Indian Military -- NPR
Hope fades for 18 on Indian submarine after blasts, fire -- Reuters
Explosion at Mumbai port sinks Indian submarine -- Christian Science Monitor
What We Know About INS Sindhurakshak -- Wall Street Journal
Huge blow to Indian Navy as submarine explodes with 18 men -- Times of India
Naval chief on submarine tragedy: Don't know what went wrong -- Times of India
Russian shipyard says it enhanced submarine INS Sindhurakshak's safety mechanism -- Economic Times
Sindhurakshak was refitted and delivered by Russia this year -- The Hindu
Sub Fire A Major Setback for Indian Navy -- Defense News
Q&A: India’s Aging Submarine Fleet -- Wall Street Journal
World’s Most Deadly Submarine Explosions -- Wall Street Journal

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