Funny, Not Funny: India Submarine Submerges With Door Open!

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Hey India! I have this sensor on my garage door that is connected to an app on my phone that tells me if the door is left open. Technology today is amazing! I can get you the number if you need it. Because apparently nobody is paying any attention to something as important as closing the doors on your submarine before you dive down with many souls on board!

The good news is nobody was hurt in what could have been a fatal mishap. The bad news is nobody noticed the open hatch and the damage was extensive and very costly. This particular Indian submarine is a rare nuclear ballistic submarine. India is one of only six countries to even have one. It came at a cost of $2.9 billion and I am willing to guess a whole lot of very smart people worked on creating it. Though I have heard some of the smartest people are the ones lacking the most in common sense!

H/T Conservative Tribune

“Here’s a tip: Submarines are supposed to run underwater. They are not, however, designed to be filled with water.

India’s navy learned that lesson the hard way after an embarrassing mistake with their flagship nuclear submarine left it crippled and out of operation.

According to The Hindu, the vessel INS Arihant is the first nuclear-powered sub built by India, and was intended to be a linchpin in the nation’s defense plans. However, the craft has not sailed for over 10 months after “human error” caused a port in the hull to stay open and water to pour in.

“A naval source said water rushed in as a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake while it was at harbour. Since the accident, the submarine, built under the Advanced Technology Vessel project (ATV), has been undergoing repairs and clean up,” The Hindu continued.

The problem isn’t just the seawater that rushed in, but also sensitive pipes within the submarine that were damaged by the salt-heavy sea.

“Indian authorities 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,” Popular Mechanics explained.

To call it an expensive mistake would be putting it mildly.

“India’s first ballistic missile submarine is the result of a $2.9 billion submarine technology program. Construction on Arihant began in 2009, and the ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy seven years later in October 2016,” said Popular Mechanics.

The U.S. magazine posed a question that must be at the top of the Indian admiralty’s minds.

 

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