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Nimitz to be berthed at safe distance

The Indian Navy official in-charge of Tamil Nadu on Saturday said it would be berthed at a "safe distance" of two nautical miles from this port city.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2007 02:22 IST

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Seeking to dispel fears about possible radiation from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, the Indian Navy official in-charge of Tamil Nadu on Saturday said it would be berthed at a "safe distance" of two nautical miles from this port city.

Commodore Philip Van Haltern told reporters in Chennai that it was wrong to think that India did not have any supervisory procedures for the entry of nuclear-powered ships.

"The country has standard procedures for clearing vessels, including nuclear-powered ones, for being berthed near the coast," he said.

USS Pinckney, a destroyer, will accompany the Nimitz into Indian waters on July 2, he said.

The chairman of the environment safety committee, AK Reddy, said the panel on radiation had conducted a check on the warship on June 5. Another check will be conducted when it leaves the coast.

When the Nimitz berths near the Chennai coast, a radiation monitoring process will be in place and water and air samples will be periodically analysed for radiation, he said.

According to the radiation safety contingency plan, a crisis managment group, comprising scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation, BARC and the defence laboratory in Jodhpur, will monitor the ships, he said.

First Published: Jul 01, 2007 02:20 IST