INS Sindhuratna ,Fifth Attack Submarine in Sindhughosh Class,Indian Navy
INS Sindhuratna (S59) is a Sindhughosh-class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy.It is the fifth Attack Submarine in its fleet of Sindhughosh Class.It was commissioned on 22 December 1988 in Indian Navy and is in active service in Indian Navy as of 2016.
Description,Engine and Power
The INS Sindhuratna has the length of 72.6m ,Beam length of 9.9m and Draught of 6.6 m.The submarine has the surface displacement 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 Sindhuratna 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 Sindhuratna is 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 include 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.
Service History and Accidents
On 26 February 2014 smoke was detected on Indian Navy submarine INS Sindhuratna off Mumbai coast, and onboard 4-5 sailors were airlifted to a Mumbai hospital after they fell unconscious from suffocation. The senior-most submarine officer of the Western Naval Command was on board.
2 people were killed while 7 were injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown. As per reports, smoke had engulfed compartment No. 3 in the sailors’ accommodation area when the submarine was underwater during a training mission, leading to deaths and injuries.
The two officers killed in the accident were Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt. Commander Manoranjan Kumar. Their funeral would be done in full military honor and the Naval Ensign will be lowered to half mast in their honor.