Mumbai: A major fire broke out at an under-construction warship of the Navy at Mazgaon Dockyard here on Friday evening in which one person was killed, an official said.”Under-construction warship ‘Visakhapatnam’ caught fire at 5.44 pm. The blaze erupted on the second deck of the ship,” chief of the city fire brigade P S Rahangdale had said earlier. “Fire is confined to second and third deck of the warship. Fire-fighting operation is underway along with Dockyard fire-fighters. Smoke has spread in the warship,” Rahangdale said. A defence official said one person, who was trapped inside, was dead. “Bajendra Kumar (23) was brought dead to the hospital,” the Chief Medical officer of state-run JJ hospital said. Agency report says the victim worked as a contract worker. According to a statement issued by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Kumar died due to asphyxiation and burn injuries. Vishakhapatnam is the lead ship of the Indian Navy’s Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided-missile destroyers. The ship was launched on 20 April 2015 and is expected to be commissioned in the Indian Navy in 2021. The destroyer class comprises four kinds of ships – Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Porbandar all of which are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited. nce commissioned, the Vishakhapatnam class ships will be the largest destroyers in the Indian Navy’s arsenal. With agency inputs
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