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India's navy chief quits

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 - 01:15

Feb. 27 - Indian navy chief resigns over a series of accidents, the latest of which happened aboard the ageing INS Sindhuratna submarine. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Two officers were missing and seven treated in hospital after smoke filled parts of an Indian navy submarine. No details have been given about the cause of the problem aboard the INS Sinduratna early on Wednesday. It's the latest in a series of accidents to hit the Indian navy. The country's defence minister says he's accepted the resignation of the Navy chief. (SOUNDBITE)(English) INDIA'S DEFENCE MINISTER ARACKAPARAMBIL KURIEN ANTONY SAYING" "I'm sad about the whole development. Yesterday Admiral Joshi met me personally and he handed over a letter and he has requested me to accept this letter with immediate effect." The departure of Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi, seen here in file footage, comes just months after a dockside blast in Mumbai that killed 18 people aboard another submarine. The incidents have further raised concerns about the age of India's fleet and the training of crew members. Some defence analysts say crew move from one type of craft to another without sufficient training, raising the risk that minor incidents could have lethal consequences.

India's navy chief quits

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 - 01:15

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