Inflated floats have been brought in to ‘right’ the capsized Indian Navy Ship (INS) Betwa, the guided missile frigate that met with a freak accident last month killing two sailors on-board. The ship had tipped over during undocking at the Naval Dockyard in South Mumbai on December 5, 2016. Sources said nearly 25 per cent of the frigate was flooded after the accident, but the water has now been pumped out to avoid any reaction from the flood water mixing with chemicals on the ship and emitting poisonous fumes. The Navy aims to salvage the frigate and make it ‘fighting-fit’ in the next two years, sources claim.
Sources said that the Navy would soon start the process of floating a tender for companies to haul up the 3,850-tonne Brahmaputra-class guided missile warship and make her float. While the cost for this would be substantial, the Navy is ready to foot it, as the defence ministry is keen on rescuing the ship, sources claim.
INS Betwa was commissioned in 2006 and was built at a cost of Rs 600 crore.
“It’s been a month since the freak accident and we are making substantial progress in rescuing the ship.The capsized vessel now rests on inflated floats and the water that had flooded it has been drained out completely.” Read More…