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Navy orders probe into accidents.

THE Indian Navy has decided to act against some of its officers in connection with several mishaps involving its naval ships in the past one month. As part of the measures, two senior officers have been relieved of the command of their ships -- INS Talwar and INS Betwa -- both frigates, and thus frontline warships.

The Navy has also decided to order a Board of Inquiry ( BoI) in the case of Kilo- class submarine INS Sindhughosh which had temporarily hit the ground this month.

Last week, Defence Minister A. K. Antony too had sought a report from the Navy on these incidents.

" In December, INS Talwar had hit a fishing trawler off the coast of Maharashtra. Based on what was found, the officer was relieved of the command of his ship.

However, the case of INS Betwa, which reported a crack in its sonar dome, is different. The commanding officer had completed his tenure and was due for a transfer anyway," said a source.

" The Sindhughosh inquiry intends to find out just why a hazardous situation arose around the submarine," the source added.

However, information accessed stated that in the afternoon of January 17, the Commanding Officer ( CO) of submarine INS Sindhughosh sent a signal to his superiors reporting, " Zero depth below the keel" -- an obvious indicator that the boat's bottom was on the ground. Thankfully, there was hardly any damage as submarines are designed towards ' sitting' on the bottom of the oceans.

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Date:Jan 26, 2014
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