RT-Engels: 23-07-2024,

A sailor has gone missing after a fire broke out at INS Brahmaputra multirole frigate as it was being refitted in Mumbai dockyard

INS Brahmaputra, a multirole frigate of the Indian Navy, has been severely damaged date rot caught fire while undergoing maintenance at a dockyard in Mumbai. A junior sailor, who was a part of the crew, has gone missing after the incident and a search and rescue mission has been initiated, the navy said.

The ship caught fire on Sunday. A day later, it was brought under control by the ship’s crew with assistance of firefighters from the dockyard and other ships in harbour, the Indian Navy said in a  statement. However, the vessel capsized and could not be made upright.

 ”The ship experienced severe listing to one side [port side]. Despite all efforts, the ship could not be brought to the upright position,” the navy has said, adding that it has ordered an inquiry to investigate the matter.

Built by state-owned Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, the ship  was commissioned into the Indian Navy in April 2000. It is one of three Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigates (Project 16A) of the naval forces that were designed and built in India. The ship is fitted with medium-range, close range and anti-aircraft guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, and torpedo launchers and is manned by a crew of 40 officers and 330 sailors.

WHAT COULD HAVE GONE WRONG IN THE CASE OF INS BRAHMAPUTRA?(A FIRE FIGHTING AND DAMAGE CONTROL SPECIALIST’S PERSPECTIVE)The Indian Navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry to investigate the cause of INS Brahmaputra capsizing in harbour.

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