New Delhi: At least three naval personnel lost their lives in an explosion in an internal compartment onboard INS Ranvir at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Responding immediately, the ship’s crew brought the situation under control, a Defence Ministry release said. The incident took place at 4.30 pm.
The identity of the deceased sailors has not been disclosed yet. There was no major material damage reported. A board of inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the blast, the release said.
As per latest reports, at least 11 sailors, who have sustained injuries in the blast, were being treated at the local naval hospital.
INS Ranvir was on cross coast operational deployment from the Eastern Naval Command and was due to return to base port shortly, news agency ANI quoted Indian Navy officials as saying.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday condoled the death of Navy personnel onboard the Indian Naval Ship Ranvir and wished the injured a speedy recovery. “The news of explosion onboard INS Ranvir is extremely sad. My condolences to the family and friends of the Navy sailors who’ve lost their lives. Wishing quick and complete recovery for the injured,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
INS Ranvir, the fourth of the five Rajput-class destroyers built for the Indian Navy, was commissioned on October 28, 1986.
In August 2013, explosions on-board INS Sindhurakshak had claimed the lives of 18 sailors and caused the submarine to sink in the Mumbai harbour.