A fire has reportedly broken out at a Russian nuclear submarine during repair work at a shipyard in Severodvinsk. The cause of the fire is believed to be related to welding work on the sub.
The United Shipbuilding Company confirmed the incident, adding that nobody was hurt in it.According to the the shipyard’s spokesperson, the submarine’s nuclear reactor was shut down and its weapons unloaded before the repair started.
“There is no open fire at the moment, but there is heavy smoke,” reported Itar-Tass citing its own source.
A total of 11 such submarines were built. The nuclear sub Kursk that sank in August 2000, killing all submariners aboard, belonged to this class. Two others were decommissioned while the others remain in active service.
K-266 Oryol is part of Russia’s Northern Fleet and entered service in December 1992. It was transported to the shipyard in November 2013 for a scheduled overhaul, which is to last until 2016.
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