Indian Navy to make INS Betwa seaworthy again

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10:50 AM IST
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Mumbai: INS Betwa will be made upright and seaworthy again in the shortest possible time, the Indian Navy said here on Tuesday after chief Admiral Sunil Lanba visited the naval dockyard here where the accident took place.

The 3,850-tonne guided missile frigate slipped and keeled over while undocking on Monday at the naval dockyard in Mumbai, where it was undergoing a refit. The accident left two naval personnel, Rai and Ashutosh Pandey, dead and 14 others injured.

Admiral Lanba, who rushed here late on Monday night after the accident, visited the naval dockyard on Tuesday and also met the injured personnel.

Also Read: INS Betwa slips during undocking at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai

An official statement said the navy chief during his visit was briefed on the incident and the options available to salvage the Brahmaputra-class vessel.

He directed that the ship “in due course of time be made upright and her refit completed to rejoin the fleet”.

Admiral Lanba also met the family of one of the deceased, N.K. Rai, and visited INHS Asvini in Colaba to meet the injured personnel, the navy said in a statement.

Also Read: Navy ship Betwa tips over in Mumbai, 2 killed, 15 injured

The Navy has set up a Board of Inquiry, headed by Rear Admiral Deepak Bali, Flag Officer, Offshore Defence Advisory Group, which has since started a technical evaluation to make the Betwa upright.

A specialist team is expected to arrive in Mumbai on Wednesday and complete its initial assessment within a couple of days on the extent of damage the battle ship has suffered and chalk out plans to make the 126-metre frigate upright.

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