INS Vindhyagiri Worst Loss to Indian Navy

In the worst ever peacetime loss for the Indian Navy, the heavily armed frigate INS Vindhyagiri went down in the Mumbai harbor after colliding with a merchant vessel.

The 3,000-ton warship, designed to take on enemy submarines and surface ships, sank Monday afternoon after catching fire after the collision with a Cyprus-flag container carrier, M V Nordlake 24 hours earlier, Indian Express reported quoting sources.

The loss of the frigate — sources said a salvage would be difficult as the warship has touched bottom — sent shock waves through the naval community. Commentators said the incident was “ignominious” and had dented the Navy’s image.

The Leander class frigate, commissioned in 1981, hit the merchant vessel near the Sunkrock lighthouse within the pilotage area of the channel on Sunday evening, as it was entering the harbor after a ‘day at sea’ for families of sailors and officers. No one was hurt in the mishap. (PNA)

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  • 2011-02-03 at 1:49 pm

    German Merchant ship, was involved. German defence Minister willing to sell 126 Euro Fighters to India and wanted to go from India to Pakistan and sell defence products to them as well. German civilians are for “No War” at home ground but sell defence product to all big and small nations. Germany defence export nation behind US and Russia. Indian Tax payers will have to bear the loss of Navy warship INS Vindhyagiri and then buy products from Germany to keep German living standard high.

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