Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Studies in Depth

About one year ago, we encountered this suspicious photo of a Yankee class sub (left). Today, Chapomatic posted a haunting photo (and links to more) of chaotic salvage operations following the Kursk tragedy. English translations accompanying the hulk photos are crude except for thicknesses of twisted steel, but the photos and extent of damage generally speak for themselves.


Surviving onboard explosions of such immensity only to suffocate was horrific for some of our Russian submariner brothers. There has been much debate over how long the sailors might have survived (see Rescue Attempts) after the Kursk sank on August 12, 2000.


Although the Yankee class sub's draft is slightly smaller (8 m, or 26 ft 4) than the 9-meter draft K-141 Kursk ( Oscar II class), the display of salvage workers at different heights tends to demonstrate my initial suspicion the Yankee boat photo had been altered, while a careful examination of the uppermost ladder joint indicates nothing unusual despite initial impressions. .........................................................................................................

For another photo of the Yankee try this one, thanks to Fred Fry. What are your thoughts?

Submarines are always silent and strange.

Labels:

2 Comments:

At 22 July, 2008 17:16, Blogger cheezstake said...

I was underway when the Kursk sank and was surprised that the command did not filter the news reports.

Most of us felt deeply for the submariners who perished. I think the families deserve to know exactly what had happened.

I've read the countless conspiracy theories about why the Kursk sank, but I just want the deaths of those Russian submariners to not have been in vain.

I admire all those who have worn dolphins, regardless of the flag they served under.

 
At 23 July, 2008 11:58, Blogger Vigilis said...

I was barely out of sub school when Scorpion (SSN-589) vanished, and that was filtered.

 

Post a Comment

<< Home

| Weblog Commenting and Trackback by HaloScan.com