Warship destroyed in fire at Vizag
Warship Destroyed in Fire at Vizag, INS Arihant, Naval Dockyard Accidentally Caught fire. The Naval Dockyard, which is fortified after the commissioning of INS Arihant, the nuclear submarine, is not even visible to the common man who travels on the Convent junction-Scindia road. Entry and photography are strictly prohibited.
- No human casualties, but the minesweeper is gutted by 70 %
- Navy yet to confirm
- There was an explosion in a submarine in Mumbai recently, killing many
Visakhapatnam: Even as the Naval might is displayed at a colourful demonstration at RK beach here on Wednesday as part of the Navy Week, a warship which is under repairs at the Naval Dockyard accidentally caught fire. About 70 per cent of the ship, INS Konkan, is lost, according to sources. However, there were no human casualties
The Naval Dockyard, which is fortified after the commissioning of INS Arihant, the nuclear submarine, is not even visible to the common man who travels on the Convent junction-Scindia road. Entry and photography are strictly prohibited.
Uniformed officers are tight-lipped on any incident that happens inside. Civilian employees carry the news of mishaps, if at all known to them, to the outside world. As such, on Wednesday evening, news spread that there was an accident in the Dockyard, at Varna dry dock, and the warship INS Konkan is totally damaged by fire in an accident.
When media persons reached the Navalyockyard gate, they were as usual denied entry and the naval security staff at the gate said that there was no accident. However, on enquiry, it was learnt that fire broke out while welding works were going on. The staff and labour were briskly evacuated. Civilian employees' leaders informed that 70 per cent of the war ship was lost in the fire.
A press release from the Navy is awaited to get clarity. It may be recalled that there was an explosion in INS Sindhurakshak submarine at Bombay Dockyard a few months ago and many sailors lost their lives.
Fire in INS Konkan is the biggest such mishap after that incident. The Pondicherry class are a type of minesweepers built for the Indian Navy by the Soviet Union. They are modified versions of the Natya class minesweeper. The vessels were acquired in two batches. The first one was purchased from 1978 to 1980 and the second from 1986 to 1988. Technically, the second batch is referred to as the Karwar class but are physically identical to the first batch with the exception of additional surface-to-air missiles. As minesweepers, they are large and heavily armed. They can serve a dual purpose as an anti-submarine warfare escort. Their hulls are constructed of U3 low magnetic signature steel.
M61–M66 are based at Mumbai and M67–M72 are based at Visakhapatnam.