Thursday, March 03, 2011

Sunken Soviet Sub's Covert Mission Controversy

Not only has it taken 2 years for the find to be published, but no mention is provided of a specific Whiskey class variant (I-V) or any hull ID.
In 2009, a sunken Soviet Whiskey-class submarine was discovered in the Baltic Sea 45 miles South of Gotland, Sweden. The sub had been stripped of its masts and lanterns (by souvenir hunters, the Swedish or Soviet Navies?).

According to Svenska Dagbladet the submarine was discovered by accident by a company conducting measurements on the ocean floor and immediately reported to the Swedish Royal Navy. The Navy, however, showed no interest in the wreckage, even though it was officially previously unknown. Its existence became public knowledge only recently when the CEO of the measurement company that discovered the wreckage told the story at a seminar, according to Aftonbladet.

A dispute exists over whether the wreck deserves further investigation. One theory is that the wreck is the submarine discovered near Utö in 1981, and attacked by the Swedish destroyer Halland.
The Swedish Navy claims [external] photos by marine survey company Marin Mätteknik(MMT) clearly show that the submarine had sunk while being towed (to be scrapped, it is assumed) and showed no signs of damage from external weaponry fire and therefore couldn’t have sunk while being on a covert mission in Swedish waters. ..Bo Rask, chief of staff at the Naval Tactical Command, argued that the Armed Forces has learned enough about the wreck just from looking at the pictures taken by MMT. “We can see it hasn’t sunk because of any damage from a weapon, which is all we need to know.” Rask told TT that the Swedish Armed Forces will look into the wreckage eventually. “But there is no hurry, we know of many abandoned submarines along the Swedish coastline,” he said.

Sweden's former Supreme Commander Bengt Gustafsson believes the wreck could shed new light on Soviet submarine activity in Swedish waters in the 1980s.
Ola Oskarsson, CEO of marine survey company MMT, which located the wreck, is also surprised by the Armed Forces' lack of interest in the sunken submarine."I don’t understand what the Armed Forces is thinking, but maybe they know more than they want to admit to.
Leaders of the Sweden's Parliamentary Defence Committee say everything that could shine a light on the subject should be investigated further.
If the Swedish destroyer Halland had sunk the mystery submarine in the 1980's, would it's divers have subsequently gutted and stripped the boat without informing the public? Of course. But, there are other theories.
Submarines are always silent and strange.



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