INS Betwa tips over while undocking at Mumbai dockyard, 2 sailors missing

Indian Naval ship INS Betwa tipped over and hit and land while the vessel was being undocked at a dockyard in Mumbai on Monday.

INS Betwa tips over while undocking at Mumbai dockyard, 2 sailors missing

Indian Naval ship INS Betwa tipped over and hit and land while the vessel was being undocked at a dockyard in Mumbai on Monday.

The accident of the front line Brahmaputra-class frigate of the Indian Navy occurred when the docks mechanism failed, Navy spokesman Captain DK Sharma said.

Fourteen personnel were rescued from the dry dock and two, including one Navy diver, are still missing. The Indian Navy has ordered a court of inquiry into the accident as an accident of this proportion has never happened with the Indian Navy.



The exact cause of the vessel’s slip and the extent of damage is being assessed by navy officials. Captain Sharma told Hindustan Times that the 126-metre-long, 3,850-tonne ship, tipped over while it was being undocked. The mast of the ship hit the dockyard ground, he said.

INS Betwa is a 3800 tonne guided missile frigate. It was commissioned in 2004. It also carries two British-made Sea King anti-submarine warfare helicopters on board.


The INS Betwa carries Israeli-made Barack anti-ship missiles, standard OTO Melara super rapid 76mm guns, and Russian-made Klub missiles among other weapons.

The warship was undergoing repairs and was being repaired at the Cruiser Graving Dock in the Mumbai harbour, Captain Sharma said.

Monday's incident is the second mishap of the Indian Navy in the recent time. The earlier being INS Sindhurakshak, among others.