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"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Q: How Do You Sink an Indian Submarine?

A: Knock on the hatch.

The INS Arihant nearly sank last year because somebody forgot to secure a hatch.


0_0 said...

Reminds me of the Guitarro screwup.

Borepatch said...


CenterPuke88 said...

Gotta wonder how they missed an open hatch on the diving board. Is it possible they were stupid enough to install a new, unmonitored hatch in the pressure hull?

FrankC said...

Story says the hatch wasn't secured. I read that as shut but not dogged down. Would that show on the board?

Dark Avenger said...

Nice blog.

CenterPuke88 said...

After reading the story more closely, the incident was not a diving error, but a harbor error. It’s also not clear what type of watch was on the boat during the incident. It sounds more like a rear hatch was open, in harbor, and begin taking water and no one noticed for a while. At this point, a new problem appears...the Akula class has no such hatch, as it is built with a sealer engine compartment and double hull. You have to cut that mother open to replace the reactor core, for gosh sakes!

If they are in the harbor, assuming they are dockside, the diving board might not be either operating or monitored, the watch could be lax, and just maybe something stupid occurred that they don’t want t admit to. It also seems that the military leadership hadn’t told the Indian Government the sub was out of service until a request was made to deploy it during last year’s Indian/China crisis.

0_0 said...

CP, all USN nuclear powered vessels need to be cut open for refuelling.