Published On : Mon, Dec 5th, 2016

INS Betwa slips while undocking at Naval Dockyard

New Delhi:
INS Betwa, which is undergoing a refit at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, slipped on the dock blocks while undocking on Monday afternoon, Navy informed on Monday.

The incident occurred at about 1.50 pm. “The extent of the damage is being assessed,” the navy spokesman said.

INS Betwa is an indigenously designed and built guided missile frigate of the Brahmaputra Class.

The 125-metres long ship displaces 3,600 tonnes and is capable of operating at extended ranges, with speeds up to 30 knots. It has state-of-the-art sensor suites and an impressive weapon package, including long range surface-to-surface missiles and anti-missile defence systems.

In January 2014, the same ship had run aground and collided with an unidentified object while approaching the Mumbai naval base. The sonar system of the frigate was cracked, leading to faulty readings and an ingress of saltwater into sensitive equipment.