Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Submarine incident bodes poorly for a nuclear fleet

Background  (History)

"Minor Malfunction on Board Alrosa Submarine Used to Undermine Russia’s Image" - PRAVDA, Nov. 24, 2009.

"For first world countries, even some Canadians should agree, a commissioned military submarine dead in the water must always be considered a MAJOR problem." -Vigilis, Nov. 24, 2009.


"The Alrosa submarine recently suffered an engine fire and almost sank. It is likely to be under repair for the foreseeable future." - Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University,  "Military significance of the Sevastopol basing agreement", April 28, 2010.

India's submarine INS Sindhurakshak (Current Event)

India's submarine INS Sindhurakshak received help from Egyptian Navy when it encountered extreme bad weather and rough sea on its way back home after mid-life up-gradation in Russia. The Sindhurakshak, a Russian Kilo Class submarine built in 1997 at Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard in St Petersburg, underwent mid-life up-gradation.The Egyptian Navy towed the submarine to Port Said along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in March, sources said.

If preparations for getting diesel subs underway cannot be reliably managed with better professionalism than reflected by the INF Sindhurakshak incident in March (submerged submarines are generally immune to 'bad weather') than operation of nuclear submarines, like Chakra, will undoubtedly prove more fateful, perhaps tragically so.  - Vigilis May 29, 2013.

(future events, near misses, or disasters to be announced)

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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