In a concerning development pertaining to the INS Ranvir, due to an explosion 3 Navy sailors were reported dead and 11 were left injured in an explosion that occurred at the Mumbai Navy Dockyard. The explosion occurred sometime around 4.30pm on Tuesday, January 18.

The Navy in its statement stated, “In an unfortunate incident today at Naval Dockyard Mumbai, three naval personnel succumbed to injuries caused by an explosion in an internal compartment onboard INS Ranvir”.

According to reports, the explosion had nothing to do with ammunition related activity. The names of the deceased persons are – Master Chief Petty Officer 1 (MCPO) Krishan Kumar, Surinder Kumar MCPO II and AK Singh MCPO II. The three identified men were severely injured, and later succumbed to injuries.

Background

According to a CAG report from 2017, Indian Navy’s ships and submarines were involved in as many as 38 accidents between 2007 to 2016. Not only did the accidents led to the loss of two naval ships, and one submarine. It also accounted to loss of precious lives that were trained to protect and serve the nation during a period of crisis.

Prior to that the Ministry of Defence in 2014 announced that as many as 24 accidents involving Indian Navy ships and submarines were reported between 2011 to 2014.

Earlier in October 2021, 4 Navy sailors were left injured after a fire erupted in INS Ranvijay. On January 18, 3 Navy sailors were dead after an explosion was reported on board INS Ranvir.

MiG crashes, helicopter crashes, and navy mishaps point to one glaring fact that – Indian defence forces, in all its glory, has still got a lot of work to do. Resources are still need to be put in to cover all the loopholes, squash security glitches, and train personnel so that mishaps turn into an anomaly from a trend.


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The Facts of the Matter

In a distressing development, 3 Navy sailors were reported dead and 11 others were reported injured after an explosion rocked destroyer INS Ranvir. The explosion occurred on Tuesday at 4:30pm when the destroyer was at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The 3 deceased personnel were first rushed to Naval hosptial after they had suffered severe injuries. However, they were later reported to have succumbed to the injuries.

Navy Announces Names of Deceased

A day after the explosion, the Indian Navy’s spokesperson took to Twitter and condoled the deaths of the deceased. In his tweet, the spokesperson wrote, “Adm R Hari Kumar, CNS and all personnel of Indian Navy extend heartfelt condolences to the families of Krishan Kumar MCPO I, Surinder Kumar MCPO II & AK Singh MCPO II, who succumbed to injuries caused by the unfortunate incident onboard INS Ranvir on 18 Jan 22. We fully stand by with the families in this difficult time.”


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Navy’s Statement After the Incident

The Indian Navy further reportedly stated that no major material damage was reported in the wake of the accident. The Navy’s issued statement read, “In an unfortunate incident today at Naval Dockyard Mumbai, three naval personnel succumbed to injuries caused by an explosion in an internal compartment on board INS Ranvir.”

The Indian Navy further in its statement had stated that the crew responded immediately to the explosion and brought the fire under control. Several news platforms have further cited sources claiming that the incident had nothing to do with ammunitions related activities.

What Could the Reason of Accident Be?

A News18 report quoted a source familiar with the matter saying, “There are several operational issues on-board a warship. Several lines – air conditioning gas, ammunition and water supply – run parallel through a ship. Unlike other vehicles, warships can’t be shut during operations. We are looking at all these operational things. The incident is highly unfortunate.”


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INS Ranvir is Oldest Warships in Indian Navy

For the unversed, INS Ranvir is one of the oldest warships in the slew of Indian Navy destroyers. A Soviet-era warship, it was commissioned in April 1986. The warship was due to report to the base port and was at the Mumbai Navy dockyard as a cross-coast operational deployment from the Eastern Naval Command.

 

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