20 die in russia nuclear sub

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  1. strollingbones

    strollingbones Diamond Member

    Aug 18, 2008
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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 20 people were killed and another 21 injured in an accident aboard a Russian nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean, the navy said on Sunday, in the worst submarine disaster since the Kursk sank eight years ago.

    A Russian naval spokesman said 208 people were on board the submarine when an accident involving the activation of a fire extinguishing system occurred during sea trials. He said the nuclear reactor was intact and radiation levels were normal.

    But the death toll makes it the worst mishap for the accident-prone Russian navy since the Kursk nuclear submarine sank in the Barents Sea in 2000 with the loss of all 118 sailors.

    "More than 20 people were killed on a nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean during routine testing as a result of the unsanctioned functioning of the fire extinguishing systems," the navy spokesman, Igor Dygalo, said by telephone.

    "The reactor section (of the submarine) is working properly," he said. "The radiation levels on the ship are normal."

    Dygalo did not give the name or class of the submarine or specify where it was located. Some of those killed were from a shipbuilding company, he added. He said a Russian destroyer was taking the injured to the Far East coast.

    President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the Defense Ministry to carry out a full inquiry into the causes of the accident, the Kremlin press service said.

    Former Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, who had been president for just a few months at the time of the Kursk disaster, was criticized at home for his slow reaction to that incident.

    Russia's navy has suffered a string of fatal accidents, despite sharp increases in funding and Kremlin attempts to use its largely Soviet-era fleet to project an image of strength abroad and at home.


    Russia's navy said a Russian anti-submarine destroyer, the Admiral Tributs, was providing assistance and taking some of the injured crew from the submarine to port in Vladivostok, Russia's main port in the Far East.

    State-owned RIA news agency said the destroyer was fighting stormy weather to reach the Vladivostok, where doctors have been assembled at the main naval hospital to treat those injured in the accident. The Tributs is likely to arrive later on Sunday.

    The agency quoted a source in the Amur Shipbuilding Enterprise as saying the accident occurred aboard the Nerpa, a Project 971 Shchuka-B attack submarine, known inside NATO as an Akula-class submarine.

    The Nerpa -- which has been modernized in recent years -- embarked on trials on the open seas late last month, according to local media. Construction of the Nerpa was started in 1991 but funding dried up in the chaos of the 1990s.

    RIA quoted a highly placed official in the Pacific Fleet as saying the accident happened in the bow of the submarine, which was making its way back to the coast.

    In August 2005, seven Russian sailors were freed with help from a British rescue crew after three days trapped inside an AS-28 mini-submarine 600 feet down in the Pacific with dwindling air supplies.


    At least 20 die in accident on Russian nuclear sub | Reuters
  2. Mr. President

    Mr. President BOARD PRESIDENT..carry on

    Aug 22, 2008
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    honestly i have seen very few posts that i could more willingly say SO too
  3. 52ndStreet

    52ndStreet VIP Member

    Jun 18, 2008
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    These Russians are copying American technology, there are bound to be certain flaws in all of their equipment. Look at what happended at Chernobyl.The Russian Barbarians must perfect their copies of the American capitalistic superior technology.!!

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