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'Naval Mishaps Cause for Concern'

Expressing “serious concern” over the recent accidents involving the Navy’s warships, Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Thursday asked the Naval top brass to instruct its personnel to strictly follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) and to draw lessons, in order, to ensure that the force remains accident-free.

Published: 07th February 2014 09:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2014 09:30 AM   |  A+A-

Expressing “serious concern” over the recent accidents involving the Navy’s warships, Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Thursday asked the Naval top brass to instruct its personnel to strictly follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) and to draw lessons, in order, to ensure that the force remains accident-free.

“It is a matter of serious concern. Sometimes speedy induction of large-size equipment creates some logistical problems. At the same, I don’t say that they have become careless.

“They are in the process of taking corrective actions and see that these kind of incidents do not take place in the future,” Antony told reporters.

Nonetheless, the Defence Minister said the Navy’s assets were growing in number and it was “one of the best” Navies in the world today and for that reason several other Navies wanted to conduct joint exercises and imbibe the best practices from it.

Asked if he was worried about the increasing number of mishaps that followed the internal explosions that ripped through INS Sindhurakshak on August 14, Antony said he did not “keep a count of such accidents”.

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