Tamluk, 25 October: INS Kamorta, India&’s first indigenous anti-submarine warfare corvette (ASW) as well as the first indigenous stealth corvette built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) went aground in Hooghly river near Geonkhali in Haldia during its trial run today.
The ship, scheduled to join the Navy by this year end, was put on a trial sail along navigational buoy, but encountered some technical snags in the engine and steering. Mr Saikat Chatterjee, PRO, GRSE, however maintained: "The ship got stuck in the sand due to low navigational depth of the Hooghly river.”
Mr Chatterjee also said, all people (around 100) onboard the ship remained on board and none was reported injured in the incident.
Efforts to re-float the ship using its own engine failed, but it is hoped the vessel can be towed to the waters by tomorrow. SNS