August 12, 2020

Kursk: Russia’s deep-sea drama

Paris (AFP) – On August 12, 2000, the Kursk nuclear submarine, pride of Russia’s Northern Fleet, sank after a torpedo exploded, and the fate of its 118 crew captivated the nation until the tragic conclusion nine days later.Here is a look back at the events 20 years ago in what remains the Russian navy’s worst-ever disaster.Submarine sinksOn that Saturday morning, the Kursk, a huge 154-meter-long (508 feet) submarine, takes part in naval exercises in the Barents Sea on the borders between Russia and Norway.At 11:28 am local time (0728 GMT) Norwegian seismographers register a major explosion fol…


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