Indian Navy becomes laughing stock worldwide after losing $3 bln submarine to poor training

Indian Navy becomes laughing stock worldwide after losing USD 3 bln submarine to poor training
Web Desk: Indian navy managed to put 1st nuclear-missile submarine, $3 bln INS Arihant, out of commission in the most boneheaded way possible: allowing water to flood to sub’s propulsion compartment after failing to secure one of the vessel’s external hatches.

The nationalinterset.org reported that water “rushed in as a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake while [the Arihant] was at harbor” in February 2017, shortly after the submarine’s launch, The Hindu reports. Since then, the sub “has been undergoing repairs and clean up,” according to the paper: “Besides other repair work, many pipes had to be cut open and replaced.”

The incident is also quite an embarrassment — and strategic concern — for the Indian Armed Forces. A Russian Akula-class attack sub modified to accommodate a variety of ballistic missiles, the Arihant represented a major advance in India’s nuclear triad after its completion in October 2016. (India in 1974 became the 6th country to conduct a successful nuclear test.)