An Indian Navy Kamorta-class corvette, INS Kadmatt (P29) has collided with Russian Navy hospital ship, Irtysh, at Russian Navy’s pier in Vladivostok, Russia at 1130 local time on Oct. 19, the Maritime Bulletin reported.
According to the report, the collision with the stern docked Irtysh happened when Kadmatt was maneuvering to dock, also by stern.
Irtysh suffered hull dents above waterline but there is no information on extent of damages to the Indian corvette, report said citing the Russian Navy Command.
The main causes of collision are said to be corvette commander’s lack of practice in making fast stern, and language barrier between Indian Navy officers and Russian pilot onboard the corvette. The corvette was commanded by Commander Nithin Cariappa.
INS Kadmatt is part of the Indian Navy fleet arrived at Vladivostok to participate in joint Russia-India Navy drill, Exercise Indra 2017.
INS Kadmatt (P29)
INS Kadmatt (P29) is the second of four Kamorta-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvettes operated by the Indian Navy.
The vessel is manufactured by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata under the Project 28. The ship is commissioned into the Eastern Naval Command of the Navy, headquartered at Visakhapatnam, on 7 January 2016.
The ship has a length of 109 m and displaces around 3300 tonnes on full load.
The ship is equipped with an OTO Melara 76 mm Super Rapid Gun, four torpedo tube launchers, two RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers and a pair of AK-630M close-in weapon system (CIWS).
The corvette has a crew complement of 193.
Irtysh hospital ship
Irtysh is an Ob’ class hospital ship of the Russian Navy operated by civilian crews but with naval medical staff.
The vessel was built in 1989 and has a displacement of 11300 tons.
The vessel has 7 operating rooms, 100 hospital beds, a crew complement of 207 and a helipad.