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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Decommed Russian Sub Sinks

[Intel Source: The Sub Report] An old diesel boat being towed from Petropavlovsk to China sank under tow, it is being reported today. Apparently no one died in the sinking. From MosNews:
The written-off vessel was being towed to China where it would be cut for metal scrap. Passing the Kuriles, the sub gave a lurch and started to sink. The crew decided to return to the port of Petropavlovsk, but could not lead the sub to the shore. The vessel sank with no people aboard.
The Emergencies Ministry said the sub’s tanks must have been badly sealed, so water could leak in.
The sub, which was the property of a private company, had been dismantled several years ago.
The article has a picture of what looks like a Kilo, but I'm not sure if that's supposed to be the boat that sunk, or if it's just a stock picture of a submarine they put in the article. The article also mentions the last sinking of a decommed Russian submarine under tow, when 9 people died in the Barents on K-159 back in 2003.

Staying at PD...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to and read their version (in Russian). No new information.....


6/27/2006 8:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As reported by

The chief of the fleet public affairs office, Captain 1st Rank Aleksandr Kosolapov, reported that a diesel submarine, which sank under tow on Tuesday near the coast of Kamchatka, did not belong to the Pacific Fleet.
"A few years ago the submarine was struck from the fleet and transferred to the rank of military equipment. A while later, the submarine was sold to a commercial firm as scrap" - said Kosolapov
According to the Vladivostok ocean rescue coordination center, the submarine, purchased by China, was under tow by the rescue ship "Grif," belonging to a Vladivostok-based company.
The diesel submarine sank while under tow from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. There were no personnel onboard. The incident took place in the area of the 1st Kuril Straits. At the present time, the submarine rests at a depth of 60 meters.

All mistakes in translation are mine. The report in Russian can be viewed at

6/27/2006 8:32 PM


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