INS Sindhughosh (S55),First Attack Submarine in Sindhughosh Class,Indian Navy
INS Sindhughosh (S55) is the lead ship of her class of diesel-electric submarines of the Indian Navy.The submarine was commissioned in April 1986 in Riga, Latvia.It is in active service as of 2016.
Description,Engine and Power
The INS Sindhughosh has the length of 72.6m ,Beam length of 9.9m and Draught of 6.6 m.The submarine has the surface diplacement of 2325 tons and 3076 tons when dived underwater.
The submarine is diesel powered and has a total of six motors ;2x 3650 hp diesel-electric motors,1x 5900 hp motor,2x 204 hp auxiliary motors and 1x 130 hp economic speed motor.
The submarine has a speed of 10 knots (19km/h) on surface,17 knots (31 km/h) when submerged and In Snorkel mode the speed of submarine is 9 Knots(17 km/h).The range is 400 miles(640 km) when submerged and 6000 mi (9700 km) during snorting at 7 kn (13 km/h).
Armaments and Other Details
INS Sindhughosh has a crew capacity of 52 (including 13 Officers) and has endurance of 45 days.It can submerged to the maximum depth of 300 m (980 ft).
INS Sindhughosh was the first submarine in Indian Navy to be equipped with the Klub ZM-54E SS-N-27 antiship cruise missiles with a range of 220 km.
It is also equipped with 9k34 Strela-3 Man portable air defence missile system also called SA-14 Gremlin.Torpedos inlcude Type 53-65 passive wake homing torpedo,TEST 71/76 anti-submarine ,active-passive homing torpedo and 2 Dm-1 mines in lieu of torpedo tube.
Collision With a foreign vessel (2008)
INS Sindhughosh collided with a foreign merchant vessel – MV Leeds Castle – while trying to surface in the seas north of Mumbai on 7 January 2008. The submarine was taking part in fleet level war games, when the accident occurred. The boat has reportedly suffered slight damage to the conning tower area. Naval officials said the submarine was submerged and had its radars off and periscope down when it slammed into the merchant vessel off India’s Diu island, 400 nautical miles (740 km) from Mumbai.
Fire Damage (2013)
On 14 August 2013, Sindhughosh sustained minor damage in a fire which caused explosions and the sinking of INS Sindhurakshak, while at dock in Mumbai. The navy did not release any details of the extent of damage on Sindhughosh.
Runs Aground (2014)
On 17 January 2014, INS Sindhughosh run aground due to the low tide, while returning into Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.