INS Sindhurakshak Tragedy


  • 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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