Captain of frontline warship INS Talwar removed
Posted on: 09:02 PM IST Jan 10, 2012
New Delhi: The Indian Navy on Tuesday removed the Captain of the frontline warship INS Talwar from his command responsibilities after a young officer under him died during an exercise at sea off the coast of Gujarat.
"There was an accident on INS Talwar on December 29 during sea swimming drill during which an under-training officer Sub Lieutenant Vipin Kumar died. After this the Commanding Officer of the warship Captain Rahul Parmar was relieved of his command," Navy spokesperson said here.
A Board of Inquiry (BoI) is going on into the incident and its findings will be submitted with higher formations in due course and appropriate action will be taken, they said.
"The warship's command has now been given to the second-in-command of INS Talwar," the spokesperson said.
A sea swimming drill is part of survival training of young officers under which they are made to swim in sea.
INS Talwar is the lead ship of the Talwar class frigates of the Navy built in Russia and commissioned in 2003.
It is a stealth frigate and has participated in various operations and exercises since her commissioning, including anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia last year.