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Fire Breaks Out On Indian Frigate

INS Ganga Indian Navy Photo

INS Ganga Indian Navy Photo

Three were injured after a fire broke out aboard guided missile frigate INS Ganga undergoing maintenance at a shipyard in Mumbai on Friday, according to local press reports.

“According to Naval sources, the welding gun took time to ignite and when it did thick flames erupted causing injuries to two civilians and a sailor,” reported The Hindu newspaper.

Navy officials said the fire was successfully contained and the injured suffered only minor burns.

The accident is the latest in a string of safety incidents that have plagued the Indian Navy in the last 8 months which have resulted killed 20 sailors

Former chief of naval staff — Adm. DK Joshi — resigned over the accidents in February after taking “moral responsibility,” for the accidents.

Ganga is a 3,850 ton Godavari-class frigate commissioned in 1985— one of three in the Indian Navy.

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Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.