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Two dead after fire on Indian submarine

05 March 2014

On March 4, the Indian Navy said the fatal incident on board the Russian-made Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhuratna off the coast of Mumbai a week earlier was caused by a fire on the mess deck. Earlier reports had attributed the mishap to an explosion in the vessel’s battery compartment.

Kilo Class submarine
Kilo Class submarine

Two officers lost their lives in the fire and a further seven sailors were injured, The two men were inside compartment 3 of Sindhuratna when it was sealed shut after heavy smoke was detected.

The submarine had no weapons on board and was undergoing sea inspection after a six-month refit in Mumbai.

This incident follows the explosion and fire on board INS Sindhurakshak in August 2013 which killed 18 of the crew and resulted in the total destruction of the vessel, another Indian Kilo Class submarine.

This is the tenth accident involving an Indian Navy warship and the third submarine mishap in the last seven months. The latest incident has led to the resignation of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral D.K. Joshi. 

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