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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Scrap-or-sink question on Sindhurakshak

sindhurakshak salvageThe Admiralty has a new problem with the INS Sindhurakshak submarine that torpedoed itself and sank in the naval dockyard in Mumbai on August 14, 2013, killing 18 of its crew. The sinking was the Indian navy's biggest peacetime loss of a potent platform.

Technically, the Sindhurakshak is yet to be de-commissioned and is still counted among the 14-submarine fleet of the navy's "silent arm". But the Admiralty knows the Sindhurakshak will never sail or dive on its own again.

The sub was salvaged from the waters by a US-based firm that was contracted for about Rs 300 crore. The navy had asked the firm to recover the INS Sindhurakshak "even-keel" - meaning with its right side up - and in one piece, lift and dry-dock it. The salvage team also had to clear wreck of the submarine of unexploded ordnance.

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