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In PHOTOS: INS Sindhurakshak in its FULL GLORY

August 14, 2013 11:42 IST

In PHOTOS: INS Sindhurakshak in its FULL GLORY

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India lost its frontline submarine on Wednesday in a blaze. Rediff.com presents some magnificent archival images of the vessel.

Indian Navy submarine INS Sindhurakshak submerged on Wednesday after it was gutted following an explosion and fire at the high-security naval dockyard in Mumbai. Eighteen on board are feared trapped as salvage operations continue.

The loss of the submarine comes as a huge blow for the Indian Navy.

It was only three months ago that India spent a whopping Rs 480 crore on upgrading the 16 year-old diesel electric vessel in Russia. With a high-tech warfare system, it was expected to serve the navy for another 10 years.

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Image: The vessel underwent a revamp in Russia recently
Photographs: Indian Embassy in Russia/K R Deepak

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INS Sindhurakshak in its FULL GLORY

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The kilo class submarine was retrofitted in the Zvyozdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk, northwest Russia. The Indian Navy's fifth submarine, INS Sindurakshak was given a new lease of life there.

The submarine was designed for anti-submarine warfare and for combating enemy vessels, as well as protecting naval bases, coastal and maritime communications, and reconnaissance and patrol units. 

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Image: The vessel underwent a revamp in Russia recently
Photographs: Courtesy: News and encyclopedia update

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INS Sindhurakshak in its FULL GLORY

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It was armed with the latest variant of a Russian-made submarine-specific cruise missile system capable of hitting targets more than 150 miles away, according to a report on news and encyclopedia update.

A typical kilo-class submarine has a displacement of 2,300 tonnes, length of 72.6 metres, a submerged speed of 19 knots (about 35 kilometres an hour), a test depth of 300 metres, a crew of 52 and endurance of 45 days. These submarines are armed with six 533 mm torpedo tubes.

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Image: INS Sindhurakshak was built in 1997
Photographs: Courtesy: News and encyclopedia update

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After its overhaul INS Sindurakshak departed from the White Sea to its home shores on January 29 and arrived in Mumbai on April 30.

Prior to that, it successfully underwent a series of tests in the White Sea, including missile and torpedo launches. According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, both targets -- one at sea, the other on land -- were hit in the first attempt, the report said.  

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Image: INS Sindhurakshak arrives at the Mumbai port on April 30 after its revamp
Photographs: Courtesy: News and encyclopedia update

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India had bought the 2300-tonne submarine from Russia as part of an early 1980s deal and commissioned it in 1997.

 It was the ninth of the 10 Sindhugosh class diesel-electric powered vessel that the navy has in its 16-vessel submarine fleet.

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Image: APJ Abdul Kalam, then president, poses with crew of INS Sindhurakshak on 13 February 2006
Photographs: Courtesy: bharat-rakshak.com

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In the last few years, there have been several mishaps involving naval vessels. In fact, in 2010, a sailor was killed when a fire broke out on the Sindhurakshak at Visakhapatnam port in Andhra Pradesh.

The fire was blamed on an explosion in the submarine's battery compartment.

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In 2008, another vessel of the Kilo class, INS Sindhugosh, collided with a merchant vessel off Mumbai while participating in a naval exercise.

In 2011, a surface warship INS Vindhyagiri caught fire when it collided with a merchant vessel near the Mumbai harbour while returning from a picnic with families of group of officers deployed on board.

On its way back, it hit another ship leaving the harbour. Nobody was injured but the warship was virtually ruined.


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