- INS Sindhurakshak was a Russian-made Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy.
- Commissioned on 24 December 1997, it was the ninth of the ten Kilo-class submarines in the Indian Navy.
- The submarine suffered a minor fire incident in 2010 and a major one on 14 August 2013, which resulted in its sinking at Mumbai’s naval dockyard.
- At the time of its sinking, there were reportedly 18 crew members on board and all are feared dead.
- Of the 18 crew members inside at the time of explosion, three were three officers and 15 sailors.
- The severely disfigured bodies of five sailors were recovered on 16th August, 2013 from the submarine.
- Another submarine, which was docked next to INS Sindhurakshak, also caught fire from the radiation of the explosion.
Other facts about INS Sindhurakshak
- The diesel-electric submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1997 at a cost of around Rs 400 crore and had gone through a Rs 450 crore extensive upgrade in Russia.
- It is to be noted that on 4 June 2010, the Indian Defence Ministry and Zvezdochka shipyard signed a contract worth US$80 million to upgrade and overhaul the submarine.
- After the overhaul, it returned to India from Russia between May and June 2013.
- The 2300-tonne Kilo class submarine, powered by a combination of diesel generators and electric batteries, had potent weapons package including the anti-ship ‘Club’ missiles.
- Sindhurakshak was deployed very close to Karachi, Pakistan during the Kargil War in 1999.
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