"The torpedo recovery vessel that sank... I have asked them to find reasons. People lost their lives, we cannot be that careless," Parrikar.

"Give me some time, I will fix accountability," he said. Indian Naval Torpedo Recovery Vessel INTRV A 72 sank off in Visakhapatnam on November 6.

The ship had sailed for a routine mission with 29 personnel onboard, including six from the Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL) in Visakhapatnam.

While returning to Visakhapatnam after completion of the mission, the vessel reported flooding in her steering gear compartment. According to a recent reply by Parrikar in the Lok Sabha, 24 personnel were rescued  and the body of one serviceman was also recovered.

Four personnel remain missing. The minister also referred to an incident at the Air Defence College in Gopalpur in Odisha, where during a routine firing practice, an accidental explosion left three officers and a sergeant injured.

"I cannot lose soldiers while loading the gun. I cannot lose soldiers due to carelessness," Parrikar said. The minister, however, said fixing things will take some time."I am aware this cannot be done overnight," he added.

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