ARKHANGELSK, December 31 (RIA Novosti)
- Medvedev orders repair of fire-damaged sub
- Russian nuclear sub fire put out
- Fire on Russian nuclear sub contained - emergencies minister
- Fire breaks out during Russian nuclear sub repairs, no radiation threat
Repairs of the Yekaterinburg nuclear sub, damaged by fire while in dry dock near Murmansk, will take no less than a year, a spokesman for the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk said.
The outer hull of the Yekaterinburg, a Delta-class nuclear submarine, caught fire on Thursday during repairs when when fuel and lubricants were set ablaze by welding in the system's nose section. Fire safety violations during routine maintenance works are cited as the most likely cause.
The submarine's hydro acoustic system was disabled by the fire and possibly will have to be replaced before it is brought back into service.
"According to our specialists, the repair terms will be known as soon as the damage is assessed and when it becomes clear whether a new hydro acoustic complex is needed for the sub," Zvezdochka spokesman Yevgeny Gladyshev said. "According to our first assessments, repairs may take as long as one year."
It is yet unclear at what facility the sub will be repaired.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: Life of the First Man in Space in Pictures
Infographics: Sledge Hockey
The unconstitutional takeover in Ukraine was the toughest, consistent and so far most effective Western counterattack launched amid the ongoing struggle for a fairer world order. Only the naïve believe that the United States and Europe will willingly share their right to rule the world, though their belief is worthy of respect.