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Fire aboard INS Ganga in Mumbai, 4 injured

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 09, 2014
First Published: 14:31 IST(9/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:27 IST(9/5/2014)

Four navy men suffered minor injuries on Friday after a small explosion occurred onboard a warship at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on Friday. The guided missile frigate, INS Ganga, is undergoing a refit at the dockyard.

Gas leak during welding work in the warship’s boiler room may have caused the incident. There was no fire or damage to the ship. “Two sailors and two civilian workers were taken to hospital for a checkup and were immediately discharged,” a navy official said.

The incident comes a month after a fire broke out on INS Matanga when welding work was being done in the tugboat at the same dockyard. The two incidents have raised questions about the quality of workmanship at the dockyard.

“It seems the nozzle of the welding gun was opened but it was not ignited. This led to gas accumulation. It can happen in your kitchen if you are careless,” a navy source said.

Meanwhile, a top-level naval rejig is yet to be cleared by the government. The Mumbai-based Western Naval Command has been headless for nearly three weeks after Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha took voluntary retirement. The reshuffle will see five to six top admirals move into new roles, as reported by HT on April 29.

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