Russian nuclear sub was armed during fire: report

Posted by Kitara Julian On 1:41 AM
A massive Russian navy submarine was armed with long-range nuclear missiles when it caught fire while undergoing repairs at a northern dock late last year, a respected weekly reported on Monday.

In a cover article entitled "Russia Narrowly Avoided a Second Chernobyl," the Vlast weekly said the crew of the Yekaterinburg had ignored regular practice and docked in Murmansk for service work while still carrying weapons.

"The presence of weapons at the time of the fire was confirmed to Vlast by several different sources within the Russian navy and Northern Fleet command," the magazine said.

The report did not include quotes from officials and conceded that navy submarines usually remove their arsenals before docking for repairs.

But it said several unusual factors about the December fire suggested the vessel was carrying 16 long-range nuclear missile with four warheads each as well as torpedoes, some of which may have been nuclear-tipped. Read More

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