Submarine Questions of the Week: Dec 27, 2015
BackgroundToday's submarine questions relate to India's submarine force. After years of backwater stagnation and tragic accidents, the submarine arm of India Navy's (IN) finally appears to be on track for unprecedented growth. Unfortunately, the rapid pace of force development assures growing pains are in store and pitfalls still remain.
Molten Eagle certainly wishes all of India's brave submariners the safest environment possible in their hazardous undertakings.
Questions of the Week1 - What is the current average age of India's sub fleet?
2 - Recent accidents - the explosion and sinking of INS Sindhurakshak in 2013, killed 18, and fire on INS Sindhuratna last year killed two officers. Unusually thorough accident reviews resulted in implementation of corrective procedures. Is India's submarine force made up of volunteers?
3 - India's navy has a submarine school comprised of three schools, the first is a year-long basics school for officers and enlisted. What are the other two schools?
4 - According to one officer, what was the minimum passing grade (percentage correct answers) he needed to pass his first test (structure) in the basics school?
5 - Do India's submarine enlisted and officers attend submarine school together?
6 - India's current fleet of operational submarines includes how many and of what classes?
7 - In addition to its operational fleet, how many subs does India have in sea trials and awaiting procurement?
8 - Besides earning an eventual dolphin badge, what unusual distinction separates India's submariners from every other branch of its military service?
9 - What is the stated purpose of the policy referred to in question 8?
ANSWERS: Saturday, 2 JAN 2016.
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