Skip to comments.No injuries, radiation leak as n-submarine catches fi
Posted on 12/29/2011 6:48:29 PM PST by SmithL
MOSCOW - A massive fire engulfed a Russian nuclear submarine at an Arctic shipyard Thursday, but there has been no radiation leak, or injuries, officials said.
The fire broke out while the nuclear submarine Yekaterinburg was undergoing repair at the Roslyakovo shipyard in the Murmansk region, said Irina Gretskaya, a spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry's branch in the area.
The K-84 Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine is one of seven Delta-IV class submarines in service, all deployed in the Northern Fleet.
The core of the naval component of the Russian nuclear triad at present, Delta-IV submarine carries 16 Sineva (NATO classification "Skiff") submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
"No deaths or injuries have been reported. There is no threat of nuclear pollution," the department said in a statement.
Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov explained that since all weapons onboard had been unloaded from the sub and its reactor had been shutdown for safety before the repairs, there was little chance of any radiation leak.
Fire safety violations during routine maintenance works are seen as the most likely cause of the fire at a floating repair dock.
Wooden scaffolding around the submarine caught fire and spread to the submarine's light outer hull, Northern Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.
"There is no possibility of fire burning through the hull and no threat to on-board equipment," Serga said.
fi!.. fi!.. fi!
The thing must have been wearing some sort of acoustic coating.
Russia is falling, A ,part ,at thee seams
US and Russian submarines use rubber or other organic material on the outer skin for acoustic suppression.
Newer tiles are up to 4 inches thick and could probably catch fire.
Yup, That’s what happened.
In Russia fire put out you!
When these ships are shut down and just sitting there other people in the area imagine they'd make a great place to set up a barbeque!
Maybe the galley was not available.
Gee, i wonder what is inside that giant hump behind the sail.....
Open the gates and reflood the basin - duh.
Yup, Thats what happened.
Thank God. Earlier reports stated that the fire was internal.
I hate the internal fires. That involves a different kind of rubber.
The 8000 gallon crew vodka tank catch fire?
We called them EABs, but yeah, BTDT.
Yeah I know.
I’m not sure which euro country the pic is from. Dutch?
EBS is Britain.
They sink their subs on purpose quite often from what I hear.
I dont even know what the distance on drops was on our boats.
It’s been so long ago.
It seems the nonskid was like 2 foot?
You reach up in the darkness and pop the panel, plug in, breath and move...
They all do.
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