Whoops: India's Navy Left Nearly Sunk Its Own $3 Billion Nuclear Submarine
Call it a lesson learned for the Indian navy, which managed to put the country’s first nuclear-missile submarine, the $2.9 billion INS Arihant, out of commission in the most boneheaded way possible.
The modern submarine is not a simple machine. A loss of propulsion, unexpected flooding, or trouble with reactors or weapons can doom a sub crew to a watery grave.
Also, it’s a good idea to, like, close the hatches before you dive.
Water “rushed in as a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake while [the Arihant] was at harbor” in February 2017, shortly after the submarine’s launch, The Hindu reports. Since then, the sub “has been undergoing repairs and clean up,” according to the paper: “Besides other repair work, many pipes had to be cut open and replaced.”It’s hard to articulate how major a foul-up this is, but Kyle Mizokami does a good job at Popular Mechanics: Indian authorities ordered the pipe replacement because they “likely felt that pipes exposed to corrosive seawater couldn't be trusted again, particularly pipes that carry pressurized water coolant to and from the ship’s 83 megawatt nuclear reactor.” For context, a submarine assigned to Britain’s Royal Navy narrowly avoided a complete reactor meltdown in 2012 after the power sources for its coolant system failed.
The incident is also quite an embarrassment — and strategic concern — for the Indian Armed Forces. A Russian Akula-class attack sub modified to accommodate a variety of ballistic missiles, the Arihant represented a major advance in India’s nuclear triad after its completion in October 2016. (India in 1974 became the 6th country to conduct a successful nuclear test.) Indeed, the Arihant’s ability to deliver K-15 short-range and K-4 intermediate-range nuclear missiles was envisioned as a powerful deterrent against India’s uneasy nuclear state neighbor, Pakistan.
“Arihant is the most important platform within India’s nuclear triad covering land-air-sea modes,” the Hindu reports. Well, it’s important if it works — and it probably helps to make your submarine watertight.
This is just some sloppy, dangerous seamanship, and the Indian Navy better get its act together fast. Either that, or perhaps follow the Royal Navy’s lead and install the 2001-era Windows XP as an operating system on all your most vital vessels. That way, you can blame the blue screen of death instead of “human error” for the next critical foul-up. Although even outdated software probably knows enough to dog down on all the hatches
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UNITED STATES OF ARABIA2 days ago
I read the headline 20x . I still didn't understand it
OrionVeteran2 days ago
That headline nearly gave me a headache.
Stephen2 days ago
Who authorized the Installation of screen door on the sub?
B2 days ago
I wonder what country the technical support call center they used was in?
Diane2 days ago
I have worked with a lot of Indian co-workers and they all have several things in common as workers...they never admit mistakes, they cannot multi-task, and they think they are better than everyone else even if they are not. Someone left the hatch open and then will not take the blame for it.
Go go gophers2 days ago
India has a navy?
Conch2 days ago
They were so happy that one of them forgot to put the drain plug back in. They called the ship "7/11". Great name.
Bill2 days ago
No money for birth control, but have nuclear weapons for birth control for others!
arash2 days ago
I thought im having a stroke reading the headline!!!
a spades a spadeyesterday
I would LOVE to hear the reaction/remarks of our own sub crewmen in the US Navy if they were talking about this amongst themselves in a bar or even in a submarine on free time.
Justice2 days ago
Great. And India's Adani Group wants to store your data on their servers.
BobD2 days ago
WHY WOULD A COUNTRY WHO CAN'T EVEN FEED HALF IT'S POPULATION, NEED A NUCLEAR SUB?
Pasa2 days ago
Maybe the Yahoo guy that wrote the incomprehensible headline doubles as a private in the Indian Navy responsible for closing all the hatches.
Martin3 days ago
How many times do you have to keep parroting this fake article? There is no rear hatch lol. There isn't even external hatches in the compartment area as well. The "open hatch" is welded shut that requires it to be cut open and welded back when refueling. Arihant is based on Russian double hull designs with a sealed nuclear reactor section. It's impossible to leave it open but you know gullible Americans & Pakistanis.
Anonymous2 days ago
The story i heard is that the sub called submarine tech support to open a high priority ticket on a leak.
The first support person called back in 15 minutes and didn't even ask for sub model number, updates, serial number(to see if they have a support contract), etc. and immediately asked "are all hatches closed"
They went to check the hatches then 2 minutes later, they closed the ticket.
william2 days ago
Wow no switches on the hatches to indicate on the dive panel that a hatch is open, great engineering. And for only 3 billion dollars. That.s like having an airliner that does not have landing gear position indicators.
CarmenO2 days ago
Some nations were not meant to have nuclear missile submarines. Ask Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, etc. I learn about hatches when my dad was transferred and we sailed in a military ship. It was in 1953 and I was six. A crew member showed me a hatchet and told me it was a good thing to close it. LOL Of course, as another person mentioned people in India are used to traveling on top of trains.
Jim2 days ago
My 10 year old car tells me when a door is open. The sub lacked this feature I guess.
fred2 days ago
I thought YOU closed the hatch! I closed it last time, YOU were supposed to close the hatch! India...ancient culture out to lunch.
How can a country that doesn't have indoor plumbing afford a $3 billion nuclear submarine?
OrdinaryGod2 days ago
Most people I know from that area are totally unorganized and unruly. They don’t follow steps or timings. Everything is in a whatever mode
oshi2 days ago
The person who wrote this caption must have Left the common sense behind!!! Can't believe that yahoo would reprint without a correction!!
FHRITP2 days ago
Im the officer who left the hatch open. My mind was on other things, namely my moonlighting gig as a phony Microsoft technician.
John2 days ago
Question? They can afford to build a 3 Billion Nuclear Submarine but the people are still drinking and bathing and in the same water?
The H1-B's stole the USA plans for the sub. What they forgot to steal was the Operations Manual which states "Last one in close the HATCH" .
Another old story rehashed didn't this happen around the time of the revolutionary when we building airports.
Ed A2 days ago
india. known for their fighting fighting prowess around the globe. they say it sunk because it was full of seamen.
They don't have bathrooms in India, but they got one hellofa nice submarine. Do you think the peasants can use the bathrooms on the sub?
So their kids can spell every word in the English dictionary, but the adults forget to close the door to the sub?Imagedanks-gif