Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Submarine Quote of the Year

In it's second, fatal in-port fire in three and a half years the submarine INS Sindhurakshak berthed at Mumbai's naval dockyard experienced a belowdecks fire shortly after midnight 14 August 2013. The fire lasted two hours, triggering two devastating explosions. The submarine contained the massive explosions within its double pressure hull structure

With its bow twisted and crumpled water flooded the forward compartment causing the sub to sink. The disaster cost the lives of 18 crew members. In terms of lives lost, India's Sindhurakshak tragedy was similar to the attack on USS Cole at the port of Aden, which had killed 17 American sailors in 2000.

Quote of the Year (from 2013)

"Had it been any other submarine than one of the Sindhughosh or Kilo class that went up in flames late on Tuesday night, the damage at the Mumbai dock would have been massive, potentially devastating for nearby ships as well as buildings that house the Western Naval Command. "  - source

Thoughtful readers will understand why no name has ever been attributed to this quotation, and perhaps why it appears so inapproriate. 

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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