NEW DELHI: INS Betwa, a guided missile frigate that was undergoing a refit at Mumbai's naval dockyard, tipped over today during undocking.
Two sailors have died in the incident. 14 others have been rescued with minor injuries.
Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has left for Mumbai to take stock of the accident.
The probable cause of the incident was a failure of the dock blocks mechanism, Navy spokesperson DK Sharma said.
The extent of the damage done to the vessel is being assessed.
INS Betwa, a 3,850 tonne, 126-metre-long Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigate, was commissioned into the Navy in 2004. It's packed with missiles, weapons and sensors
2) Inadequate funds for maintenance.
The causes remain the same - from submarine explosion to loss of transport aircraft at sea to the present mishap. But the remedies seem to elude us.
Mr. Parrikar is good no doubt. But he needs to buckle up his boots and zip up his lips.
Strategic assets cannot be kept loose for enemy subversion.
And we have enemies right within.
Agreed. Navy have damaged more ship in dock than in sea.
Naval Dockyard Mumbai, cream dockyard has been mismanaged by Navy official. too much of outsourcing to private firm. serious compromise. In House Civilian expert team are made obsolete systematically.
Every minister in Modi''s cabinet is a gem, VK Singh being the most shining
Vishnu Swaroop Kyanam
The Naval Dockyards have to be Upgraded and Modernised on a War Footing.
Something is wrong with Indian armed forces. They even crashed a Hercules C130
This Navy is only good for Wife Swapping.
This ship tipped over because of the Congress. If Modiji had not arrived in time and held it up, it would have sank. We should all continue to praise Modiji.
Such a costly new hardware are being damaged by silly faults and the extent of mishaps occurring in Indian navy , show lack of professionalism or just something else. A strong protocol must be followed.
INS Betwa is the latest in series of naval accidents. Carelessness or incompetence? For this to happen to one of the latest missile frigates is shocking.
The chalta hai attitude has cost us a life and a battle ship.
Denmark - 14 hours ago
First our submarine sinks while at repair: Now a combat ship tips over in the dry dock. It would appear that the slipshod manners of our ''vigilantes'' at the forward posts have followers also in the support and the maintenance set-ups. India will surely earn laurels amongst the banana republics.