Navy officer to face court martial for fire in INS Sindhuratna last year

NEW DELHI(PTI): On February 26 last year, a fire broke out onboard INS Sindhuratna when it was at sea off Mumbai for routine training and inspection.

The commanding Officer of INS Sindhuratna will face court martial while six other officers were issued letters of “severe displeasure” after being found guilty for the fire onboard the submarine last year, which led to the resignation of then Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi. Navy sources said the recommendations of the Board of Inquiry has been accepted by the Naval Headquarters.

“The Commanding Officer of INS Sindhuratana has been recommended for General Court Martial. Six other officers have been awarded Letters of Severe Displeasure,” the sources said. They said Commander Sandeep Sinha will face court martial proceedings by the Western Naval Command and will get an opportunity to defend himself.

Explaining what the ‘Letter of Severe Displeasure’ meant, the sources said the six officers will not get any promotion, study courses or foreign posting for the next two years.

On February 26 last year, a fire broke out onboard INS Sindhuratna when it was at sea off Mumbai for routine training and inspection. The then Navy chief Joshi resigned the same day, taking “moral responsibility” over a spate of mishaps involving naval assets.