Indian Sub explosion

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  1. BBC News - Indian submarine hit by explosion at Mumbai port

    Another kick in the teeth for the British taxpayers who have sent Billions to India in Foreign Aid over the years..
  2. Horrible things D boats. Fire and batteries dont make good friends.

    Hope they get the survivors out, least its dockside.
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  3. Wonder if there is a Pakistani gentleman stood nearby whistling innocently?
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  4. On the eve of India's Independence Day. No connection I suppose.
  5. Looks like it's had a previous explosion in 2010...

    Poor souls on board...not looking good for them:

    Submarine INS Sindhurakshak sinks after major blast in Mumbai; all 18 feared dead | Deccan Chronicle
  6. Second fire on that boat, it had to have a russky refit after a battery/hydrogen fire in 2010....sounds like a lucky ship!
  7. In the article redshift links the last paragraph is quite telling;
  8. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    In my few encounters with the Indian Navy I've always had the impression that they're reasonably professional.
  9. The problem the Indian Navy have is that they, in common with the other Indian Armed Forces and in order to counter accusations of nepotism and favouritism, use a single stream timed promotion scheme:

    Navy - Promotion policy followed in the Navy is as follows :

    By time scale

    Ag.Su.Lieut to Sub Lieut Inducted as commissioned officer

    Sub Lieut to Lieut 4 years of Commissioned Service

    Lieut to Lieut Cdr. 10 years seniority as Lieut

    Lieut Cdr. to Cdr. 20 years (reckonable commissioned service)

    (if not promoted by selection)

    By Selection

    Lieut Cdr. to Cdr. 2-8 years seniority as Lieut Cdr.

    Cdr. to Capt. 4 years seniority as Cdr.

    Capt. to Rear Admiral and above. No service restriction

    Basically join up, get married (important somehow) and day your ship will come!

    Sadly, in the absence of other criteria, the sea has it's own methods to weed out incompetence.
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  10. Well to be fair it's not as though our lot haven't had the occasional prang over the years, and in the captain of the Vindhyagiri defence at least it was a moving target, not like he hit a charted sea floor feature or anything. But as cernunnos pointed out their apparent automatic promotion system does seem somewhat questionable.

  11. By that I assume you mean they never loose their iPods?