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Explosions Sink Indian Submarine with 18 On Board

Steve McAlister/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images(NEW DELHI) -- A series of explosions partially sank a submarine docked in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The vessel, built in Russia, contained at least 18 naval personnel at the time of the explosions, reports the New York Times. Officials are uncertain of the condition of those on board.

The vessel, the Sindhurakshak, is one of 10 Indian submarines of its class. According to the Times, India is among the largest arms buyers in the world because of its inability to produce weapons of high quality at a low cost. Much of their defense equipment comes from Russia.

Only nine of India's submarines are currently operational and about five or six operate at any given time, meaning that areas of India's coast are not adequately guarded.

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Navy Sub Goes Bump in the Night and Loses Its Periscope

File photo - US Navy(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine USS Jacksonville was damaged early Thursday in the Persian Gulf when one of its two periscopes was struck by an unidentified vessel.

No one was hurt in the early-morning incident and the submarine’s nuclear reactor did not suffer any damage.

According to a statement from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, the Los Angeles-class submarine “struck a vessel while operating in the Persian Gulf Jan. 10 at approximately 5 a.m. local time.”

The submarine “then surfaced from periscope depth to ascertain if there was any damage to the unidentified vessel. The vessel continued on a consistent course and speed, offering no indication of distress or acknowledgement of a collision.”

A Navy official told ABC News that it is believed that the submarine had struck a fishing trawler.  He said the crew was conducting normal operations “when they felt a shudder, they felt the ship vibrate.”

The crew then tried to put up their periscope to determine what had happened, but found it was not working.  When they put up the submarine’s other periscope they discovered the first periscope “had been sheared off, cut right off,” said the official.

Using radar tracks and their periscope observations, the crew determined that a fishing trawler traveling in the opposite direction from the sub was likely responsible for the periscope having been sheared off.

The submarine then traveled by surface to the U.S. naval base in Bahrain, where a damage assessment is under way.

According to the statement, “The reactor remains in a safe condition, there was no damage to the propulsion plant systems and there is no concern regarding watertight integrity.”

A P-3 Orion aircraft later conducted an aerial search of the area and saw no debris in the water or an vessels in distress.

The incident is under investigation.

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