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EXPLOSION SINKS INDIAN SUB

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18 Crew Feared Dead
By Harold Hutchison

An Indian submarine has sunk at its pier after an explosion that is feared to have killed as many as 18 crew on board. INS Sindhurakshak, a Kilo-class submarine that entered the Indian Navy in 1997, had been involved in a fatal explosion in 2010.

The explosion occurred in the submarine’s torpedo room, twisting and bending it, and flooding the forward section of the vessel. The blast also damaged a second submarine, INS Sindhuratna.

INS Sindhurakshak is believed to be a total loss. India had 10 Kilo-class submarines in its navy.