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2000: Sinking of the Huge Russian Nuclear Submarine K-141 Kursk

2000: Sinking of the Huge Russian Nuclear Submarine K-141 Kursk
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  • Historical event:
  • 12 August 2000
  • All 118 crewmen on board the submarine perished. The submarine belonged to the Oscar-II class, at that time the largest in the world, able to carry as many as 24 nuclear cruise missiles.

On this day in 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine K-141 Kursk sank in the Barents Sea.

It was a very large submarine, being 154 meters long – equivalent to two Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jets”. It belonged to the Oscar-II class, at that time the largest in the world, able to carry as many as 24 nuclear cruise missiles.

Indeed, the Oscar-II has remained the largest class of attack submarine in the world (only submarines bearing intercontinental ballistic missiles – ICMBs – are larger).

The Kursk sank on this day, following a fire and explosion during a military exercise. All 118 crewmen on board the submarine perished.

The explosion and sinking of the submarine took place in the Barents Sea, north of the Russian peninsula of Kola and around 200 km from the Norwegian-Russian border.

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