Mumbai, Jan 31 (): Indian Navy ‘s INS VindhyaGiri after a collision is sinking with a huge load of oil on board. All Navy personnel have been evacuated. INS Vindhyagiri had collided with a Norwegian container vessel M V Nordlake in the Mumbai harbour yesterday and was brought to the navy dockyard.
An official said there was a dent in the warship due to the impact of the collision through which water had gushed into the vessel causing it to tilt to one side. The Nilgiri class frigates four in number were due to decommissioned by 2010 end.
A F42 Niligiri class frigate commissioned on July 8, 1981 was returning back after the family members were spending their Day at sea. The frigate collided with the container vessel that was leaving the harbor. Initially fire fighters were deployed to douse the fire and prevent the oil spill but efforts were in vain.
The Nilgiri class frigates of the Indian Navy are updated versions of the Leander class designed and built for the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai. Six ships have been built between 1972-81. The last two vessels (F41, F42) have more powerful engines than the remainder. Vessels of the class form the 14th Frigate Squadron.
The Nilgiri class and its lead ship, INS Nilgiri are all named for the Nilgiri Hills. Subsequent ships of the class are also named for hill ranges of India. The Nilgiri class will be decommissioned by the Navy. Four ships from the class have been decommissioned, with the remainder being used primarily for training and
testing roles. These will be decommissioned by 2009-10, once the Shivalik class vessels enter service.