The Indian navy has put the country’s first and only nuclear-missile submarine, the $2.9 billion INS Arihant, out of commission.
The Hindu reported that the Arihant has been out of commission since suffering “major damage” some 10 months ago, due to what a navy source characterized as a “human error”. Water flooded the sub’s propulsion compartment after someone failed to secure one of the vessel’s external hatches.
Water “rushed in as a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake while [the Arihant] was at harbor” in February 2017, shortly after the submarine’s launch, The Hindu reports. Since then, the sub “has been undergoing repairs and clean up,” according to the paper: “Besides other repair work, many pipes had to be cut open and replaced.”
No one ever thought of installing a sensor that warns you if the hatch is open? I can’t even start my washing machine without closing the door first.