Expressing concern over the spate of accidents that have hit frontline naval warships in the past few months, Defence Minister A K Antony Thursday said each incident needs to be probed in detail, and he has asked the Navy to take corrective measures.
Asked whether he was satisfied with the explanation given by the Naval HQ on the incidents, Antony said he cannot provide a “100 per cent satisfaction certificate”.
“I am told they are in the process of taking corrective action. More than you and me, the Navy itself is keen to take corrective action and see that such accidents are minimised,” he said. While he claimed the Navy was “by and large” following the rules, he could not say he was fully satisfied with its operations.
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Facing a barrage of questions on several accidents and cases involving immoral practices by naval officers that have come to light, Antony said it was a serious matter that deserved consideration.
“It is a matter of serious concern. Sometimes speedy induction of large size equipment creates some logistical problems but at the same time, I don’t say they have become careless,” he said at the inaugural ceremony of the Defexpo in the Capital.
As reported by this newspaper, as many as eight accidents involving frontline warships of the Indian Navy have taken place in the past eight months, throwing up serious questions and puncturing Navy Chief D K Joshi’s claims of a good safety record.
On questions of officers being sacked on moral ground, Antony said, “They are taking action on issues of morality, human rights violations and such issues. There are lapses sometimes. I am not saying everything is pucca. But they are taking action.”