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Naval Officer Dies while Dousing Fire Onboard INS Vikramaditya

Staff Correspondent

The Indian Navy lost a naval officer, Lt Cdr DS Chauhan on April 26, who died on Friday while leading firefighting efforts on board aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The fire broke out in the morning when the ship was entering the harbour in Karnataka’s Karwar. “It is with profound grief and regret that we report the sad and untimely demise of Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan, a young colleague and a brave brother-in-arms, onboard INS Vikramaditya,” the Indian Navy tweeted on behalf of Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.

“His daring effort prevented the fire spreading & causing major damage to the combat capability of the Carrier,” read the next tweet. Hailing from Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam, his body was brought to his hometown on April 27. The officer is survived by his mother and sister. The Indian Navy has promised to stand by his family and said that Lt Cdr DS Chauhan’s sacrifice will no go in vain.

“We salute his courage and sense of duty and will make every effort to ensure that his supreme sacrifice does not go in vain. We shall be with his family forever and at all times,” the tweet read. Lt Cdr DS Chauhan had lost consciousness owing to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. Though he was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar for treatment, he could not be revived. INS Vikramaditya was supposed to take part in the Varuna naval exercise from May 1 with the French Navy which is sending its aircraft carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle for the same.  It is India’s only operational aircraft carrier at present.