The Indian Navy Submarine, INS Sindhurakshak that sank in the Mumbai Harbour in August 2013 due to an accident killing 18 sailors was raised from the waters on 5 June 2014 by a salvage firm. It was lifted by Indian arm of the US based firm, Resolve Marine and would be anchored at the Naval Dockyard of South Mumbai in some days.
The submarine that was lifted by using specialised equipment will undergo detailed investigations by the naval experts to find the cause of fire and explosion after which, it sank in Arabian Sea.
Apart from this, the 2300 tonne submarine will also be probed to find out whether there is any possibility of it of being used again after repair. If possibilities of being used after repair will not be available that will be officially decommissioned.
In January 2014 for salvage operation, India gave the contract of 240 crore rupees to Resolve Marine. It was given 160-days deadline to complete the job. As per the contract, the salvage team will hand over the submarine to Indian navy after making it fit to float. After being handed, it would be subjected to two sets of tests that includes
• Determination of the cause of accident
• Decision on scope of work needed to make it seaworthy
About INS Sindhurakshak
Russian-made Kilo-class Indian Navy Submarine INS Sindhurakshak was commissioned in 1997 by the then President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. He was the first head of state and Supreme Commander of Indian armed forces to sail a submarine on 13 February 2006.
When: 5 June 2014