Indian Navy Ship Runs Aground

Indian Navy Ship Runs Aground
MAGAR CLASS SHIP

An Indian Navy ship has run aground off the coast of Vishakapatnam, India sustaining damages, the Press Trust of India reports.

 

The ship is said to be a Magar-class Landing Ship Tanker (LST), used for amphibious warfare.

Hindustan Shipyard Limited designed and built only two ships of the class for the Indian Navy, INS Gharial (L23) and INS Magar (L20) , which are homeported in Vishakaptnam.

The accident, which occurred last week, is the eight mishap involving the Indian Navy ships in the past seven months.

All things seem to have gone wrong for the Navy, since August 14, when multiple explosions blasted on the Navy’s submarine named INS Sindhurakshak, killing 18 crewmembers onboard.

INS Betwa, an Indian Navy frigate was involved in the most recent accident, which occurred in January this year, when the ship suffered damage in its critical component.


MAGAR CLASS SPECIFICATIONS
Length 120m
Beam 17.5m
Draft 4m
Displacement 5.665 tons (full load)
Speed 15 knots
Complement 136 (incl. 16 officers)
Range 3000 miles at 14 knots
Status In active service

Naval Today Staff, February 3, 2014; Image: Indian Navy

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