Skip to comments.Fire Erupts at Nuclear Submarine in Russia’s Far East
Posted on 09/15/2013 11:28:17 PM PDT by TexGrill
VLADIVOSTOK, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - A fire that broke out Monday morning at the K-150 Tomsk nuclear-powered submarine, which was undergoing maintenance works at a dock in Russias far eastern Primorye Territory, has stabilized, a source at the headquarters of Russia's Pacific Fleet told RIA Novosti.
"The situation is being monitored. However, we can already say that the situation has improved, and the smoke is subsiding," the source said.
The fire erupted early Monday morning during welding operations on the submarine, a spokesman for the local Emergencies Ministrys department said, adding that 13 firefighting units from the Pacific Fleet and the Emergencies Ministry had arrived at the scene to put out the blaze.
A spokesman for the Zvezda plant, where the submarine was undergoing maintenance operations, said the fire was unlikely to cause an explosion at the vessel and that there was no danger to nearby residential areas.
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One of our subs was destroyed by one of our sailors not too long ago.
Check out the history of Russian nuke sub losses. The oceans floor is littered with them.
>>>Russian nuke sub accidents are a proud tradition in the Russian Navy. Kinda like a cultural icon.<<<
They had too many of these subs. It contributes to a bad statistics.
Not a sailor but a shipyard worker who wanted to go home early.
just an insane reason to destroy a billion dollar submarine
Being a Russian submariner has been an extremely hazardous occupation for decades, as you indicated.
“Question: How do you tell a sailor from the Northern Fleet [where a lot of Russia's SSN and SSBN fleet is located].
Answer: They glow in the dark.”
The radiation shielding around the reactors on many Soviet-era Northern Fleet SSN and SSBN boats was very bad. The boats would typically deploy for shortened patrols to reduce the chances of radiation poisoning for their crews.
Since the USN went nuclear in 1954 with the launch of USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571), there have been only two major accidents were boats were lost at sea: 1) USS THRESHER (SSN-593) [lost April 19, 1963] and USS SCORPION (SSN-589) [lost June 5, 1968].
The Soviets/Russians have lost six boats to date:
* K-27: The only Project 645 submarine, it was irreparably damaged by a reactor accident (control rod failure) on May 24, 1968. 9 were killed in the reactor accident. After shutting down the reactor and sealing the compartment, the Soviet Navy scuttled her in shallow water [108 ft (33 m)] in the Kara Sea on September 6, 1982, contrary to the recommendation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
* K-8: A Project 627 November class submarine was lost April 11, 1970, while being towed in rough seas following a fire on board. The submarine was initially evacuated, but 52 crew reembarked for the towing operation. All hands on board were lost when the boat foundered, but 73 crewmen survived on the rescue vessel. Location: Bay of Biscay, 490 kilometers (260 nmi) northwest of Spain in the Atlantic Ocean.
* K-219: A Project 667A Yankee I class sub was damaged by a missile explosion October 3, 1986, then sank suddenly while being towed after all surviving crewmen had transferred off. 6 crew members were killed. Location: 950 kilometers (510 nmi) east of Bermuda in the North Atlantic Ocean.
* K-278 Komsomolets: The only Mike-class sub built sank due to a raging fire April 7, 1989. All but 5 crewmen evacuated prior to sinking. 42 perished, many from smoke inhalation and exposure to the cold waters of the Barents Sea. A total of 27 crew members survived.
* K-429: This Soviet submarine sank twice, but was raised after each incident.
* K-141 Kursk: The Oscar II class sub sank in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000, after an explosion in the torpedo compartment. All 118 men on board were lost. However, all except the destroyed bow section was later salvaged.
* K-159: The hulk of the decommissioned Soviet-era November class submarine sank in the Barents Sea on August 28, 2003, when a storm ripped away the pontoons necessary to keep it afloat under tow. 9 men perished in the accident.
I think there is a difference between damage caused by sabotage and damage caused by repeated design failures, poor training and maintenance incompetency.
I am not sure why you posted that comment.
It wasn't a sailor!
But, of course, you have never let the facts stand in the way of your dogma, have you!
Yeah, and that’s even before they left port.
"Andrei, you've lost another submarine?"
The K-19 was a really bad one. There’s a mournful Russian navy ballad that was written about it.
I’ll do the pingin’ ‘round here... :-)
Ah, Russian steel coffins. Now there’s some Russian exceptionalism for you, nevermind what Putin said.