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Delphi's Clone
08-30-2003, 05:41 AM
Russian Nuclear Submarine Sinks
7 minutes ago

MOSCOW - A Russian nuclear-powered submarine sank in the Barents Sea on Saturday morning as it was being towed to a scrapyard, killing at least two of the 10 sailors on board, the Defense Ministry said.



The nuclear reactor of the 40-year-old K-159 was shut down at the time the vessel sank at about 4 a.m. about 3 1/2 miles northwest of Kildin Island, the Defense Ministry said. No weapons were aboard the sub, the ministry said.


One sailor was rescued, the bodies of two dead crew members were found and the fate of seven others were unknown, the ministry said.


The K-159, a November-class attack submarine, was decommissioned on July 16, 1989.


It was being towed on four floating hulls from its base in the town of Gremikha to a plant in Polarnye to be scrapped.


The hulls were torn off on Friday night during a fierce storm, and the submarine sank in 560 feet of water, the ministry said.


November-class submarines entered service between 1958-1963, according to Jane's Fighting Ships. They carried 86 crew members and low-yield nuclear torpedoes.


Russia has about 200 decommissioned submarines, which clutter harbors and pose an increasing environmental risk.


Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Sardinia for meetings with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. It was unclear whether he had been informed of the sub's sinking.


Russia's last major submarine accident was the sinking of the Kursk on Aug. 12, 2000, while on maneuvers in the Barents Sea. All 118 men on board were killed, and the tragedy shed light on the troubles of the Russian navy in the post-Soviet era.

Crazy_dog no.3
08-30-2003, 11:54 AM
Well I'll admit it. Our subs have gone from superior to ... unsafe. :rolleyes: :(

Well at least this one doesn't seem as bad as the other one. :( (at liest I hope so)

lukeiamyourdad
08-30-2003, 02:34 PM
Nah it's not worst then the Kursk. The Kurks was the Russian navy's pride and killed more people.

They really need to do something with those old subs...

Clefo
08-30-2003, 07:23 PM
Russian Nuclear Submarine Just Sunk.

SANK, it's SANK. Do you not want to get anywhere in life? Working at Taco Bell until you're old? Well get your tenses right

lukeiamyourdad
08-30-2003, 07:33 PM
whoa Clefo clam down man. Everyone can make spelling mistakes.

Clefo
08-30-2003, 07:40 PM
*Since most of you are too stupi... errr.. can't tell, the preceeding was sarcastic, you god damn mor... errr nice person you*

darthfergie
08-31-2003, 02:55 AM
*waves hand in the air*
OOH! OOH!
Mr. Condescendingenglishteacher Sir! I got it!:D



Well thankfully it was scrap and wasn't an active duty sub, or we'd be seeing 100 dead instead of 10.

Delphi's Clone
09-01-2003, 05:19 AM
Originally posted by Clefo
SANK, it's SANK. Do you not want to get anywhere in life? Working at Taco Bell until you're old? Well get your tenses right


Sarcastic as you may be trying to be I already earn more than three of you could ever accomplish in a year. Thatís not being sarcastic. Have a nice day.


Yes, it is good that only few died, but still the thing that worries me is that many more might die due to radiation in the following years, once the water eats through the hull and they nuclear reactors compartment.


~Delphi

Crazy_dog no.3
09-01-2003, 09:26 AM
Well like I said, our subs are begining to seem very unstable. I hope this is just a minority of them. Even the American subs seem better now. :eek: