Navy’s twin mishaps: commando killed, fire on ship

An Indian Navy commando was on Monday killed in a weapon-handling accident at Visakhapatnam-based INS Kalinga, a missile storage facility under the Eastern Naval Command and a base for marine commandos (MARCOS).

The navy has ordered a board of inquiry into the incident.

The MARCOS, elite special forces of the navy, were at the forefront of rescue operations after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Members of this unit are involved in counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir and have helped foil several piracy attempts in the Gulf of Aden.

In a separate incident, a minor fire broke out onboard INS Savitri, an offshore patrol vessel, at the Vishakhapatnam naval dockyard on Saturday. A navy officer said the fire was detected in one of the living compartments on the vessel and was caused by a short circuit.

There was minor damage to fittings and personal belongings of personnel but no casualties. The vessel remains combat worthy, the officer said.

The mishap comes on the heels of a naval corvette, INS Kuthar, being damaged in a mishap off the Andamans recently. The Kuthar was supposed to be taking part in Exercise Malabar in the Pacific, but is now skipping the joint drills involving India, US and Japan.

 

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