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Three navy personnels killed in blast on Soviet-era Indian warship

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“A Board of inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause,” a statement by the Navy said.

Three navy personnels killed in blast on Soviet-era Indian warship. | Photo: AFP

INDIA – Authorities say three Indian naval personnel were killed in an explosion on one of the country’s oldest destroyers at a naval dockyard in Mumbai.

According to the Indian Navy, the incident occurred Tuesday in an internal compartment of the Soviet-built INS Ranvir, which was commissioned in 1986.

“No material damage has been reported… (A) board of inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause,” the navy said in a statement Tuesday.

The explosion did not involve firearms or ammunition, according to NDTV.

According to media sources, 11 people were injured and were being treated at a navy hospital.

The Indian government is in the midst of a massive modernization of its military forces in order to replace aging equipment, much of which is Soviet in origin.

INS Ranvir, one of the Navy’s oldest warships, is a Soviet-era destroyer that was commissioned in April 1986.

It is the first of the Ranvir class and the fourth destroyer of the Rajput class. INS Ranvijay is the other Ranvir class destroyer.

In a statement, the Navy said: “In an unfortunate incident today at Naval Dockyard Mumbai, three naval personnel succumbed to injuries caused by an explosion in an internal compartment on board INS Ranvir.”

The ship’s crew, it said, responded immediately and the situation was quickly brought under control. “No major material damage has been reported,” it said.

While the ship was docked, the explosion occurred between 4.30 and 5 p.m.

According to the Navy, INS Ranvir has been “on cross-coast operational deployment from the Eastern Naval Command” since November 2021 and is scheduled to return to base port soon.

According to sources, the three people that perished were all senior sailors, not officers. The Navy is in the process of contacting the families of the deceased, and will thereafter reveal their names and details.

The authorities said, the explosion had nothing to do with ammo or weaponry.

According to a senior officer, the explosion occurred in an AC compartment, and the three people who killed were in a compartment above it.

This article contains materials from The Indian Express.

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