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One worker killed in Indian nuclear submarine accident

One Indian worker was killed in an accident during construction of a nuclear submarine, a defence statement said Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly mishaps to hit the navy. Two other workers were injured in the incident late Saturday afternoon at a ship building centre in the southeast coastal city of Visakhapatnam, the Defence Research and Development Organisation statement said.

One worker killed in Indian nuclear submarine accident

One Indian worker was killed in an accident during construction of a nuclear submarine, a defence statement said Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly mishaps to hit the navy. Two other workers were injured in the accident on Saturday at a ship building centre in the southeastern coastal city of Vishakhapatnam, the Defence Research and Development Organisation statement said.

Special Report - Chinese military's secret to success: European engineering

By David Lague HONG KONG (Reuters) - If the People's Liberation Army went to war tomorrow, it would field an arsenal bristling with hardware from some of America's closest allies: Germany, France and Britain. Most of China's advanced surface warships are powered by German and French-designed diesel engines. Chinese destroyers have French sonar, anti-submarine-warfare helicopters and surface-to-air missiles.

China recruits six aquanaut cadets for deep-sea exploration

BEIJING, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- China has recruited six aquanaut cadets, including two women, as a reserve force for its future submersible missions, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) announced on Tuesday. The newly recruited cadets, who are between the ages of 23 and 28, have been selected from candidates across the country in a public recruitment campaign that kicked off on July 2. The cadets are China's second cohort of aquanaut cadets. They will begin a two-year training program in 2014 and graduate as aquanauts if they pass evaluations in 2016, according to the SOA.

Singapore to acquire two submarines from German firm

Singapore, which has Southeast Asia's most modern military, said Monday it was acquiring two new submarines from German defence contractor ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. In a statement, the defence ministry said it signed a contract to acquire two "Type 218SG" submarines, which are projected to be delivered in 2020. It said the deal included a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany, but did not reveal the total cost.

Russia says 15 hospitalised after nuclear sub fire

Russian investigators on Tuesday said 15 servicemen had been hospitalised after a fire during repairs on a nuclear-powered submarine in the Far East, with the vessel sustaining significant damage. The Russian Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes in Russia, said it had opened a criminal probe into suspected abuse of authority over the fire on the Tomsk submarine in the Bolshoi Kamen shipyard in the Russian Far East.

India sub disaster yields 5 bodies, no chance of survivors

The bodies of five sailors from an Indian Navy submarine that exploded and sank Wednesday were recovered Friday, leaving 13 sailors still missing and feared dead, local media reports said. The incident involving the Russian-made diesel-electric submarine occurred shortly after midnight Wednesday at a naval dockyard in Mumbai, but diving teams were unable to reach the inner compartments of the vessel until Friday morning. Kyodo News International reported three bodies were charred beyond recognition and have been sent to a nearby naval hospital for DNA identification.

18 feared dead in Indian submarine explosion

India's navy said all 18 sailors on board a submarine which exploded and sank on Wednesday are feared dead, and admitted the incident had left a "dent" in the country's defences. The fully-armed INS Sindhurakshak, returned by original manufacturer Russia earlier this year after a major refit, exploded in flames in Mumbai shortly after midnight Wednesday and sank in a military shipyard.

First Indian nuclear submarine set for open sea trials

India announced Saturday that its first indigenously-built nuclear submarine is ready for sea trials, a step before it becomes fully operational, and called it a "giant stride" for the nation. India unveiled the 6,000-ton INS Arihant -- Destroyer of Enemies -- in 2009 as part of a project to built five such vessels which would be armed with nuclear-tipped missiles and torpedoes.

(Yonhap Feature) S. Korean Navy offers insight into demanding submarine life

By Kim Eun-jung JINHAE, South Korea, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- Life aboard a submarine can be tough. Operations are hectic, quarters are cramped and the health of crew members can suffer as a result. Captain Hyun Chang-hoon used to have strong teeth before he joined the submarine fleet more than 20 years ago, but now the 47-year-old suffers from dental disease, which is a common health problem for veteran submariners due to the higher-than-normal amount of carbon dioxide inside a submarine.
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