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HMCS Chicoutimi gets water-tight test off Victoria as sub begins sea trials

VICTORIA - One of the Royal Canadian Navy's troubled submarines is back in the water undergoing diving trials off the West Coast. HMCS Chicoutimi is conducting controlled dives in waters near Victoria, submerging for the first time since an extensive refit was ordered after a deadly fire. Captain Jamie Clarke, Director of the Canadian Submarine Force for the Department of National Defence says the Chicoutimi's return would give Canada's navy three submarines for use.

Navy delays submarine commissioning, says more work needed

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Navy on Wednesday said it would delay the commissioning of the North Dakota, a new Virginia-class submarine that was due to enter active service on May 31, to carry out more design work and resolve quality problems with certain components. The submarine, built jointly by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries, is returning to drydock for the additional work, according to the submarine's Facebook site. It said no new commissioning date had been set.

New ping signals spark confidence in Malaysia Airlines search

By Matt Siegel and Swati Pandey SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australian officials said on Wednesday two new "ping" signals had been detected in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, boosting confidence after more than a month of fruitless searching for the missing jetliner. The signals, which could be from the plane's black box recorders, bring to four the number of overall "pings" detected in recent days within the search area by a U.S. Navy "Towed Pinger Locator"(TPL).

Submarine sails just outside Japanese waters near Okinawa

The Defense Ministry said Thursday a submerged submarine was spotted sailing just outside Japanese territorial waters Wednesday night. The ministry did not specify the submarine's nationality, but a senior ministry official said it likely belongs to the Chinese navy. The submarine was spotted by a Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane in the "contiguous" zone near Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture. The submarine left the zone Thursday morning, the ministry said. ==Kyodo

Two sailors found dead in Indian submarine accident

Two Indian naval officers were found dead Thursday after they went missing in a submarine fire off Mumbai's coast, the latest in a string of accidents that have forced the navy's chief to quit. Seven other crew members were airlifted to hospital with breathing problems after smoke began to fill the vessel's living quarters on Wednesday, an accident that comes only six months after another deadly submarine disaster in Mumbai.

Two Indian naval officers dead in submarine accident

Two Indian naval officers who went missing after a submarine accident off the coast of Mumbai have been found dead, the defence ministry said Thursday. "The two officers who were earlier declared missing have been located in the (submarine) compartment and after examination by Medical Officers both the officers were declared dead," said an emailed statement. rob/adp/sm

2 officers missing after India submarine mishap found dead

Two navy officers who went missing after smoke spread through an Indian submarine have been found dead, media reports said Thursday. According to a navy statement, the diesel-powered submarine Sindhuratna was at sea off Mumbai for routine training and inspection at the time of the incident, which occurred in the early hours Wednesday. Seven crew members fell ill after inhaling the smoke and were later airlifted to a government hospital for treatment.

2 officers missing after India submarine mishap found dead

Two navy officers who went missing after smoke spread through an Indian submarine have been found dead, media reports said Thursday. According to a navy statement, the diesel-powered submarine Sindhuratna was at sea off Mumbai for routine training and inspection at the time of the incident, which occurred in the early hours Wednesday. Seven crew members fell ill after inhaling the smoke and were later airlifted to a government hospital for treatment.

Indian Navy hunts for missing sailors after chief quits

A stricken Indian submarine docked in Mumbai Thursday, allowing investigators to begin probing a fire which is feared to have killed two sailors and forced the navy chief to quit. Seven other crew members were airlifted to hospital with breathing problems after Wednesday's accident, which came only six months after another deadly submarine disaster in Mumbai. Admiral D.K. Joshi, the chief of naval staff, announced Wednesday night he was standing down to take "moral responsibility" for the accident on board the Russian-built INS Sindhuratna during a training exercise.

Indian navy chief quits after submarine accident

By Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's navy chief resigned on Wednesday, taking personal responsibility for a string of operational incidents, the latest of which saw smoke sweep a submarine with two officers still missing. The government said in a statement that it had accepted the resignation of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi, who will be replaced on an acting basis by Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral RK Dhowan.
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