British to help raise Russian nuclear sub


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From the Times On Line:
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Peter Almond and Mark Franchetti, Moscow



A RUSTING Russian nuclear submarine that sank in the Barents Sea with the loss of nine crewmen may be raised from the ocean bed next summer with the help of British experts.
A Ministry of Defence salvage team will examine the vessel’s two nuclear reactors before deciding whether it can be raised from a depth of more than 900ft.



The K-159, a November-class submarine commissioned in 1962, sank when it was hit by a storm while being towed to be scrapped in September 2003.

The Russian government was embarrassed by its loss, 40 miles off the coast of the Arctic Circle city of Murmansk. Its reactors are filled with three-quarters of a ton of spent uranium. The vessel is lying at more than twice the depth from which the Kursk – the nuclear submarine that sank in 2000, killing its 118-man crew – was raised.
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Comment: Even accounting for the fact that the submarine in question is nowhere near as large as the ill-fated Kursk, raising the boat from a depth of over 900 feet would still be a stunning technical achievement.
 
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K-159 is back in the news again. From RIA Novosti:

Experts complete survey of Russian sunken submarine
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MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti) - Russian and foreign experts have finished monitoring radiation levels at the site of a 2003 incident involving a Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea, the Russian Northern Fleet press service said Monday.

The K-159, a November class nuclear submarine with 800 kilograms (about 1,700 pounds) of spent nuclear fuel onboard, sank in 2003 while being towed to Polyarny, in northwest Russia, for decommissioning. Nine members of the 10-man crew died.
Story at http://en.rian.ru/world/20070709/68642203.html
 

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