Fire damages submarine at Mumbai yard


An accidental fire at a naval dockyard resulted in damage to a recently upgraded Kilo class submarine. The Navy is now checking critical components in the control room to get it back to functional duty.

The INS Sindhukesari, which underwent a Rs 1,197-crore refit and upgrade in Russia and was shipped back in February, suffered the accident when certain indigenous components as well as a US-origin periscope were being fitted onboard.

While the submarine got a 10-year life extension upgrade at a shipyardNSE -4.88 % in Zvyozdochka, Russia, a part of the work was to be completed at the Mumbai yard by the Navy, the biggest task being the integration of an L3 Communications periscope that would give it all-weather vision.

Sources said the fire took place in the first week of March during welding.  While the damage is believed to have been contained and there were no injuries, critical components in the control room were affected by the soot produced by the fire.  Read More

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