Indian Navy Chief Resigns After Submarine Fire
Indian Navy chief Admiral D.K. Joshi resigned from his position, hours after a submarine mishap off Mumbai coast in which seven sailors were injured and two officers went missing, reports Xinhua.
The Indian Defense Ministry has accepted the resignation of 59- year-old Admiral Doshi, the first military chief to quit taking moral responsibility of a spate of mishaps involving Indian Navy warships and submarines in the past few months.
The resignation of Admiral Doshi, who was appointed the Indian Navy chief in 2012 and was due to retire next year, came hours after smoke engulfed Russian-made submarine INS Sindhuratna, some 50 km off the Mumbai coast, in which seven sailors sustained injuries and two officers went missing.
Citing local TV channels, Xinhua informs that the 25-year-old Indian Navy submarine was being sea tested after a refit when smoke -- probably caused by a fire on board -- was noticed inside the vessel, forcing it to surface, and it is now on its way to Mumbai port.