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Indian navy vessel sinks, 1 sailor dies

November 6, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian navy torpedo recovery vessel sank Thursday after flooding during a routine exercise off the eastern coast, killing one sailor, the latest accident to hit the navy, an official said.

Four sailors were missing, while 23 others on board were rescued by a navy search ship off Vishakhapatnam coast in Andhra Pradesh state, said Capt. D.K. Sharma, the navy spokesman.

The cause of the accident is being investigated.

The vessel was on a routine mission to recover practice torpedoes fired by the navy ships during an exercise. The ship was built in India in 1983.

A gas leak on an Indian navy destroyer being built at the Mumbai dockyard killed a navy commander in March this year, and a fire on a navy submarine killed two officers in February.

The navy chief, Adm. D.K. Joshi, resigned to take responsibility for those accidents and other incidents that have plagued the navy in recent years.

In August last year, another of the navy’s Russian-made diesel-powered submarines, the INS Sindhurakshak, caught fire after an explosion and sank at its home port in Mumbai, killing all 18 sailors on board.

In December, the INS Talwar, a Russian-built stealth frigate, slammed into a trawler off India’s west coast, sinking the boat and tossing 27 fishermen into the sea. All of the fishermen were rescued.

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