Thursday, August 15, 2013

Latest India Sub Fatalies: Human Error

UPDATE  #3:   Aug 19, 2013 - India submarine blasts: Submarines review launched
India ordered a review of submarines weapons safety after early investigation indicated the submarine was probably fully armed at the time of the fatal explosions, and weapons were somehow ignited.  
"Extensive checks on weapons-related safety systems and standard operating procedures on all operational submarines of the Indian navy have been ordered," defence minister AK Antony told parliament.

UPDATE  #2:  Aug 16, 2013 - 
After two massive explosions, the submarine is nosed down in the three meters of waters in naval dockyards and it has to be extracted.  ...  “Under the present situation, we may not be having the capability to salvage it. We have to create buoyancy in the deep sea to salvage the submarine. For that, we require help of professionals. The name of a Singapore-based professional firm has come for the consideration and we may hire it for the job,” a naval source told DNA INDIA.

UPDATE  #1:   Ex-Navy officers seek proper probe
Vice-Admiral (Retd) Suresh Bangara, former chief of Southern Naval Command said that with the vessel anchored along the shore, the investigations can be carried out in greater detail. "One has to understand that accidents are caused by human error as well as machine failure and no Navy in the world has a record of no accidents."  

Background: The Jinxed Indian Sub Sindhurakshak
The source explained that the submarine was severely damaged and is probably irreparable. 18 members of his crew were declared dead. In 2010, there were explosions on board the same submarine, killing one. According to the survey, a faulty valve on the battery led to a hydrogen leak. The submarine was repaired in Russia.

15 août 201
15 août 201
The explosion aboard the Indian military submarine Sindhurakshak be due to a short circuit caused by human error when loading missiles, reports Mumbai Mirror newspaper on Thursday quoted sources in the Indian Navy. - See more at: # sthash.8MZAI3wu.dpuf

Sources indicate that the INS Sindhurakshak after the accident on Wednesday, is a clear net loss. Of the 13 submarines that remain to him, 11 have more than 20 years. This setback comes as the contrary, China and Pakistan strengthen their capacities to fight underwater. China has more than 55 submarines.The four submarines of the class Shishumar - a longer and heavier German U-209 release - were commissioned between 1986 and 1994. 8 of 10 Kilo submarines from Russia were commissioned between 1986 and 1991. The last 2 - INS and INS Sindhurakshak Sindhushastra - were commissioned in 1997 and 2000. - See more at: # sthash.8MZAI3wu.dpuf

Debris and missile propellants were found on the docks around the site of the explosion. Experts indicate that the explosion was clearly caused by military explosives, not by hydrogen fumes from the battery, as originally thought. - See more at: # sthash.Rkw6wSM4.dpuf 


If preparations for getting diesel subs underway cannot be reliably managed with better professionalism than reflected by the INF Sindhurakshak incident in March (submerged submarines are generally immune to 'bad weather') than operation of nuclear submarines, like Chakra, will undoubtedly prove more fateful, perhaps tragically so. - Vigilis May 29, 2013

Submarines are always silent and strange.


At 07 December, 2014 19:05, Blogger Peter Coates said...

Hi Vigilis

A December 4, 2014 Indian press article reinforcees the military explosives-ammunition reason you suggest for the INS Sindhurakshak explosion-fire. See




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