Former commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov, said that the nuclear submarine (nuclear submarine) K-141 Kursk died in 2000 as a result of a collision with a NATO submarine. The name of the western submarine is almost known for sure, Popov said in an interview. RIA News…
The ex-commander-in-chief of the Sevflot revealed his own version of the death of a Russian submarine. He assumed that the submarine that collided with the Kursk was tracking him. In those sea conditions and other circumstances, the western submarine failed to ensure safety, so it came too close to the Kursk. According to the admiral, she was later found off the coast of Norway.
Popov added that the maneuver of the Russian nuclear submarine could also lead to “loss of contact.” According to the admiral, he can reveal the name of the NATO submarine with almost 100 percent certainty, but he will not do this for a number of reasons.
At the same time, back in 2000, in the documentary film “August” by Arkady Mamontov, dedicated to the tragedy, Popov called the collision his main version of the incident. In his opinion, the Kursk collided “with an unidentified submarine, which struck the most vulnerable point of our boat of this project, of course, unconsciously.” “I am deeply convinced that these are not intentional actions,” Popov stressed.
However, in this film, available on Youtube-the journalist’s channel, the admiral did not say that he was aware of the belonging of a possible submarine, which the Russian nuclear submarine collided with. In addition, Popov did not indicate the available data on its name.
According to information from Russian and foreign media, the US nuclear submarines Memphis and Toledo of the US Navy and Splendid of the British Navy were in the exercise area. The Russian Ministry of Defense asked the Pentagon for permission to inspect Memphis and Toledo submarines, but the department was refused. In the United States, the decision was explained by the “working condition of all submarines.” A similar statement was made by the United Kingdom, according to RIA News with a link to the News24 portal.
The admiral also spoke about the knocks that came from the place where the Kursk was killed. He sent the recorded sounds ashore to an acoustic laboratory for analysis. In the report, Popov was told that the knocks were not given by the hand of a person, but by some kind of mechanism. According to him, domestic submarines lacked such capabilities as the signal itself. “Therefore, only a foreign submarine could submit it,” he noted.
In July 2002, a Russian government commission presented an official version of what happened. The citizens were informed that the Kursk nuclear submarine had died as a result of a thermal explosion of the fuel components of the 65-76 torpedo, which then detonated. In addition, the commission decided to blow up the fragments of the submarine located at the bottom of the Barents Sea. Specialists explained the detonation of the fragments by the desire to secure navigation, since unexploded torpedoes could be at the bottom. The place where the Kursk was killed is located in the center of the shipping and fishing area.
In 2020, journalists noticed that on the website of the digital library of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, transcripts of his telephone and personal conversations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, including a conversation about the death of the Kursk, appeared. In particular, Putin said that the submarine’s crew died within 60 or 90 seconds.
The Kursk sank on August 12, 2000 in the Barents Sea 175 kilometers from Severomorsk at a depth of 108 meters. According to the authorities, the tragedy occurred as a result of the explosion of a torpedo on board and further detonation of ammunition during the exercises of the Northern Fleet. All 118 crew members were killed.
the submarine “Kursk” was lost ago
Captain 1st Rank Igor Kurdin, who studied the tragedy for 20 years, said that the Kursk was not considered to be in distress for about six hours, despite the fact that other ships recorded a sound that could be assessed as an underwater explosion. After that, the submarine stopped communicating.
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