“I have sought a report from the Navy. They have sent initial report and they will send a detailed report later. There was some unexpected tidal change," he said. (Agencies)
The Defence Minister indicated that the submarine has not suffered any major damage.
Antony was asked to comment on the alleged incident, where Navy's INS Sindhughosh submarine was allegedly grounded due to lack of water in the harbor area in Mumbai.
Navy officials denied reports that the vessel had to be salvaged, saying the submarine was not grounded and ‘no Board of Inquiry has been ordered’ into the incident by the force.
Earlier on Friday, navy officials said that the submarine had encountered a situation where there was very less water in the harbor but held to its position using ropes and other means but was not grounded.
In August last year, the Indian navy lost its latest submarine INS Sindhurakshak after an explosion in its torpedo section killing all the 18 personnel on board.
Meanwhile, Antony was all praise for the NCC cadets including those from the Jammu and Kashmir directorate who presented a dance item on Lata Mangeshkar’s heart-warming and emotional song ‘Aey mere watan ke logon’ depicting the sacrifices of Indian soldiers in the war with China.
“I have sought a report from the Navy. They have sent initial report and they will send a detailed report later. There was some unexpected tidal change," he said.