India's worst naval tragedy: INS Khukri sunk with 194 men on board
New Delhi: While media is reporting INS Sindhurakshak to be the worst tragedy for Indian Navy but do you remember the INS Khukri.
Three days after the INS Sindhurakshak sank following two big explosions, Indian navy divers found the bodies of two of the 18 sailors who were on board the submarine. "It is confirmed that we have found two bodies," a navy spokesman said on Friday, adding that more details would be known a little later.
Forty two years ago, it was early evening on December 9, 1971 the violent sounds of war rumbled as a desperate, furious yet futile struggle took place 40 nautical miles off the coast of Diu. Indian frigate INS Khukri sank after being torpedoed by Pakistani submarine PNS Hangor. The ship sank with all the 194 men onboard – 18 officers and 176 sailors.
The ill-fated ship sank, marking one of the lowest points for India in the war with Pakistan that year. INS Khukri remains the only naval ship India has lost in war. The sinking of INS Sindhurakshak is now being dubbed as the second big tragedy to have hit the Indian Navy.
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