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India gets new navy chief after deadly submarine fire

Published on Apr 17, 2014 10:41 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India appointed a new navy chief on Thursday, nearly two months after his predecessor was forced to quit over a submarine accident that killed two sailors off the Mumbai coast.

The government installed Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, 59, who has been acting in the job since the previous chief resigned over the submarine fire in February, the latest in a series of accidents to hit the navy.

"He is a navigation and direction specialist who has served with distinction in an array of command(s)," said a statement announcing the appointment.

The submarine fire came six months after 18 sailors were killed when another fully-armed submarine exploded in flames and sank in a military shipyard in Mumbai.

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