Explosion sinks Indian Navy submarine
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Indian has said that two explosions yesterday on , a Russian-built , have trapped up to eighteen of its sailors. Navy officials have warned the families of trapped sailors to "prepare for the worst".
The stricken vessel sank in its berth in Mumbai with only a small portion still visible on the surface. The cause of the explosion is still unclear.
A fire that started as a result of the explosions has been brought under control and other sailors that managed to escaped received attention from emergency personnel. Divers are attempting to locate survivors and refloat the vessel.
In 2010, a fire broke out after an explosion in the battery compartment on the INS Sindhurakshak, killing a sailor. The submarine had recently returned from Russia after undergoing an overhaul and upgrades after the 2010 incident.
The Indian Navy has tenKilo-class submarines in its . These developments come just days after the Indian Navy launched the nation's first Indian-built aircraft carrier, , which the navy calls their "crowning glory".
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