Indian Navy chief admiral DK Joshi resigned on Wednesday, taking moral responsibility for a series of recent accidents.
Seven Indian Navy personnel were injured and at least two went missing on Wednesday after smoke filled a compartment in the INS Sindhuratna submarine that was underwater.
As news of this made headlines, Twitter was abuzz with people commending his decision to quit.
Admiral DK Joshi has resigned as Navy Chief after taking moral responsibility. No politician would have ever done it. Kudos to the Admiral.— SirSriJhunjhunwala/M (@jhunjhunwala) February 26, 2014
My sincerest Salute to you Sir. To Admiral DK Joshi from Cdr Saini (Retd.)— Cdr Mukesh Saini (R) (@commandersaini) February 26, 2014
Navy Chief DK Joshi regines on moral ground after submarine accident. hope our Ministers Learn something from this. Lal B Shastri did same.— EngineeRage (@sayntosh) February 26, 2014
Indian Navy chief admiral DK Joshi resigns after INS Sindhuratna mishap. Extremely sad day for Indian Navy.— Ridhima Bhatnagar (@ridhimb) February 26, 2014
Admiral DK Joshi resigned taking moral responsibility. Time for Sanjay Dutt to go to jail taking Parole Responsibility.— Haunted Sperm (@The_Sleigher) February 26, 2014
Adm DK Joshi has his moral compass in place. Can't say that about many others.— Isheta Salgaocar (@IshetaS) February 26, 2014
Navy Chief DK Joshi Resigns taking moral responsibility. heard this "moral responsibility" after ages. #Respect— sks (@uffsatish) February 26, 2014
Causing severe embarrassment to the navy, the accidents — 11 since the INS Sindhurakshak tragedy — have taken operational warships out of active duty and knocked some high-flying officers out of the race for top ranks.
The defence ministry accepted Joshi’s resignation and the vice-admiral will be the acting chief of the navy till a new head is appointed.