The history of the Russian nuclear submarine that sank during the Northern Fleet exercises and had the world fearing for the lives of the crewmen on board.
In August 2000, Russia’s Northern Fleet’s Summer-X, a three-day training exercise in the Barents Sea, was organized on a scale not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union, ten years ago.
However, once the drills were over, there Northern Fleet was unable to contact their best submarine in the Fleet, the Kursk, which had also failed to launch any practice torpedoes.
When the K-141 failed to answer any calls and did not make her final scheduled contact, the Fleet commanders knew that they could no longer hide the fact that the Kursk and her crew were in trouble. Twelve hours after the blasts, the Fleet sounded the alarm and launched a massive search-and-rescue operation.
Will they be in time to save the crew?
In this five-part series, we look at everything that happened including a brief history of Russia, the Northern Fleet, the search-and-rescue efforts, the recovery efforts, the salvage of the submarine, and more…