Tuesday, May 28, 2013

5/28/2013 Naval Interest

Indian Submarine INS Sindhurakshak in Distress gets Egyptian Help

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EDITOR's NOTE: We never hide the fact that we admire the incredible progress made by the superbly skilled Indian Navy or shrink from our concern that so much of the present Indian fleet is made up of vessels obtained as "Craft of opportunity", including a lot of equipment from Russia. Recently on return from a Russian yard the "Tigers" as we like to call the Indian Navy ran into a rough patch as is to be expected from time to time in any navy. We are happy to pass the report on from the India Economic Times that the ship and crew are just fine and that the Egyptian Navy did a very professional job of assisting. Well done India and Egypt. But we would like to see India in more NATO standard and compatible equipment. We respect their neutrality but hope to count on them for the major international law enforcement role for the Indian Ocean. They need and deserve the best equipment and insuring that they get it is in the best interest of the West and all others with commerce passing through the Indian Ocean

Story from The Economic Times of India:
CAIRO: India's submarine INS Sindhurakshak received help from Egyptian Navy when it encountered extreme bad weather and rough sea on its way back home after mid-life up-gradation in Russia

The Sindhurakshak, a Russian Kilo Class submarine built in 1997 at Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard in St Petersburg, underwent mid-life up-gradation. 

The Egyptian Navy towed the submarine to Port Said along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in March, sources said. 

Welcoming the gesture, Indian ambassador to Egypt Navdeep Suri praised the professional handling by the Egyptian Navy. 

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