Putin May Use Some Charm to Resolve India's Submarine Order
Confusing Lease, So far ...
November 9, 2008 - Twenty die on Russian submarine - The BBC -
At least 20 people have died in an accident on a Russian nuclear submarine when a fire extinguishing system was activated by mistake. ... The Nerpa is due to be leased to the Indian navy, and Indian naval personnel were due to travel to Vladivostok earlier this month to train on board the submarine ahead of its transfer, according to the website Indian Defence.
January 22, 2009 - Delivery of Russian nuclear submarine postponed indefinitely
Agency reports indicate that Russia may have indefinitely postponed delivery of the Schucka-B (NATO: Akula-II) class nuclear submarine to India as sea trials of this advanced attack sub are still incomplete. The Information Company Private Limited .
January 23, 2009 - No delay in acquiring Russian nuke sub: Indian Navy
The Indian Navy said on Friday there was "no delay" in its acquisition of a Russian nuclear-powered submarine though technical glitches could push the delivery back. The Hindu .
January 27, 2009 - Sailors Refuse To Board Cursed Boat
The Russian Akula II SSN (nuclear attack submarine) that was supposed to be delivered to India this year, is being delayed by difficulty in completing its sea trials. StrategyPage.com
Vladimir Putin, the current Prime Minister of Russia, chairman of United Russia and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union of Russia and Belarus may have the charm to overcome frightened sailors' objections to boarding the cursed submarine...
Molten Eagle remains almost 100% certain U.S. submariners are not subject to superstition.
Submarines are always silent and strange.