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A Navy officer killed in another malfunction of a new warship system

NAVY_SHIP_1780653fMumbai: Two weeks after the incident in one of the Navy submarine, killing two navy officers, the new warship, Kolkata-class destroyer, sets a similar incident killing a Navy commander and injuring two personnel who had to be hospitalised on Friday at the Mumbai Port Trust, weeks before it joined the naval fleet.
Commander Kuntal Wadhwa is the officer who died at the incident. He was collapsed after the fire suppression systems on board the Kolkata warship, currently designated Yard 701, malfunctioned during trials. The officer inhaled a large amount of carbon dioxide during the malfunction, leading to his death.
Two personnel of the Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL), where the ship has been constructed, were also affected and have been hospitalised.
Almost two dozen major and minor accidents have taken place involving frontline warships of the Navy in the last six months, which ultimately led to the resignation of Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi last month.
An official statement released by MDL said the ship was “undergoing machinery trials in Mumbai Port Trust (and) had a malfunction in its carbon dioxide unit, leading to gas leakage”.
Sources said several systems of the ship were being tested when the incident took place in the engine room. The officer, the sources said, was not wearing protective equipment.
“There was sudden leakage from the carbon dioxide cylinders of the fire suppression systems that led to a lot of panic and confusion on the ship. While trying to evacuate, the officer tripped and fell inside, inhaling excessive amounts of the gas,” an official said.

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