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Naval ship fire

Mumbai, April 6: A minor fire was reported this afternoon on board ocean-going tug INS Matanga, which was undergoing refit at the naval dockyard. No casualties were reported.

The incident comes less than a month after a mishap aboard a warship called Kolkata killed a navy commander.

Describing today’s incident a minor one, navy officials said smoke and some smouldering material was spotted on board the ship around 3pm while it was undergoing repairs.

“The private firm working on board was carrying out steel welding in the sewage treatment plant compartment when insulating material in the adjacent compartment started smouldering and emitting thick smoke,” a naval spokesperson said. “It was promptly detected by the duty personnel on site and the situation was brought under control….”

The spokesperson added: “It is confirmed that there is no injury to any personnel on board nor any material damage. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.”

The Indian Navy has been battling a series of mishaps over past eight months. On March 7, a mishap with a fire-fighting system killed a navy commander aboard soon-to-be-commissioned warship called Kolkata.

On February 26, two navy officers were killed in a fire inside INS Sindhuratna. Last year, the sinking of INS Sindhurakshak killed all 18 personnel on board.