April 18, 2021
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Sensitive handling
Protecting military assets

Defence Minister A K Antony's advice to the armed forces “not to fritter away national assets” came after a series of accidents and mishaps, the most recent being the destruction of the newly renovated INS Sindhurakshak which exploded while berthed in Mumbai harbor.

The series of mishaps that appeared to be concentrated in and around Mumbai harbor included the sinking of one of India's earliest “self-reliant” ventures into warship  building, the improved Leander class INS Vindhyagiri sank near the lighthouse after it collided with a fully-laden Cyprus-flagged container ship in broad daylight. The container ship had been escorted out of Mumbai by a harbor pilot who was in contact with the vessel-monitoring grid of the harbor.

After the 26 November 2008 attack by Pakistani terrorists the responsibility of maritime security from coastal defence to littoral protection was handed over to the Indian Navy and yet these incidents happened.

The utter negligence was highlighte
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