Indian missile corvette INS Kora collided with boxship Madeleine Rickmers
Indian media with a lot of indignation and frustration reported a collision which took place at 0353 LT Oct 31 in Bay of Bengal, around 300 nautical miles off Visakhapatnam, involving Indian missile corvette INS Kora and Singaporean container ship Madeleine Rickmers. INS Kora was on its way to Port Blair from Vizag, sailing in a company of with ocean tug INS Gaj. Madeleine Rickmers is en route from Chittagong to Colombo. It is understood, that both ships suffered damages, but not serious ones. Indian media is justly indignant at just the fact of the collision – how come, that Navy modern ship collided with a merchant ship in high seas, where was the watch, what about up-to-date electronics, and what’s the state of Indian Navy and combatant capabilities generally, considering all numerous accidents with Indian Navy ships in recent years. Pic from The Times of India
Kora-class corvettes are 1350-ton guided-missile corvettes, armed with four quad-launchers for 3M-24 anti-ship missiles (Russian: Kh-35 Uran, NATO: SS-N-25 Switchblade).