Navy warship undocked after 'minor' incident
The Indian Navy's guided missile frigate INS Betwa, which had tipped over while being undocked at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai in December last year, has been undocked smoothly, officials said on Thursday.
The undocking, undertaken on June 27, was preceded by a minor incident, involving the ship's listing by around 8 degrees, during flooding of the dry dock, an official spokesperson said.
"INS Betwa was planned for undocking on June 22, 2017 as part of her ongoing refit. Prior to undocking, all preparations to ensure stability of the ship during undocking had been undertaken and she was provided adequate margin of stability," the spokesperson said.
"During flooding of the dry dock, a list of up to 7-8 degrees was observed, which was promptly corrected. However, the ship could not be undocked due to a leakage in the dock-gate of the dry dock and subsequent unfavourable tide," he said.
"The undocking was, thereafter, undertaken on June 27 when the tide was suitable," the spokesperson said.