|Admiral DK Joshi, who resigned on Wednesday after the accident of INS Sindhuratna
New Delhi: After a series of accidents and incidents in last few months, resulting in loss of precious lives and naval assets, the Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi has resigned on Wednesday. He took the decision to resign from his post immediately after an accident in the Indian Navy submarine INS Sindhuratna this morning off Mumbai coast. Five sailors were injured and two officers are missing in the incident.
“Taking moral resoponsibility for the accidents and incidents which have taken place during past few months, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi today resigned from the post of CNS. The Government has accepted his resignation with immediate effect", a Defence Ministry release said. The Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral will be discharging duties of officiating CNS, pending appointment of regular CNS.
Since August 2013 the Navy has faced bad times and six incidents/ accidents involving its warship. In December INS Talwar, a Frigate collided with a un-lit fishing vessel at night. In January this year the INS Airavat, an amphibious warfare vessel, had its propeller damaged near Vishakapatnam after which the commanding officer was stripped of his command duties.
In another mishap, the sonar dome of the INS Betwa, was damaged after probably hitting some underwater object. India’s leading minesweeper, the INS Konkan that was undergoing repairs in Vizag when it caught fire and suffered major damage to its interiors. The Pondicherry-class minesweeper was getting a refit at a dry dock when the incident occurred. INS Vipul, a missile boat had to docked after a breach in earlier repairs.
The incidents of sinking of Sindurakshak, fire on board the Sindhuratna and the Talwar class hitting a fishing vessel are serious in nature.
The Defence Minister A.K. Antony was unhappy with the series of accidents in the Navy and he had expressed his displeasure during the Naval Commanders’ Conference in November last year.