At least three Indian Navy personnel are reported to have been killed due due to an explosion on board INS Ranvir at a Mumbai dockyard. The government has ordered a board of inquiry.
A statement from the Indian Navy said, “In an unfortunate incident today at Naval Dockyard Mumbai, three naval personnel succumbed to injuries caused by an explosion in an internal compartment onboard INS Ranvir.”
According to news agency PTI, the ship’s crew responded immediately and managed to quickly bring the situation under control.
The Indian Navy said that the INS Ranvir was on cross coast operational deployment from the Eastern Naval Command since November 2021 and was due to return to base port shortly.
Reacting to the news of the explosion, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “The news of explosion onboard INS Ranvir is extremely sad. My condolences to the family and friends of the Navy sailors who’ve lost their lives. Wishing quick and complete recovery for the injured.”
Built in the former Soviet Union, INS Ranvir is the fourth of the five Rajput-class destroyers built for the Indian Navy. INS Ranvir was commissioned on 28 October 1986.