A case of fire was reported onboard INS Vikramaditya this morning when the ship was entering harbour in Karwar. The fire was brought under control by the ship’s crew in a swift action preventing any serious damage affecting the ship’s combat capability. Lt Cdr DS Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment. Whilst the fire was brought under control, the officer suffered loss of consciousness owing to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar, INHS Patanjali for medical attention. However, the officer could not be revived. A Board of Inquiry to investigate in to the circumstances of the incident has been ordered.
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Lt Cdr DS Chauhan was 30 and just Married. Yet when a fire broke out onboard INS Vikramaditya he put duty before self, entered a smoke filled engine room and led the fire fighting effort . He saved his ship and 1500 mates onboard but lost his life in the process. Rest in peace. ⚔️🇮🇳❤️💐 #indiannavy