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Friday, 12 August 2016

Sixteen Years Ago Today… In Remembrance of the K141 “Kursk” and Her Crew

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СВЕТЛАЯ ПАМЯТЬ … BRIGHT MEMORY

On 12 August 2000, an accident in a training exercise in the Barents Sea led to the disaster of the sinking of the PLARK K 141 Kursk, a  Nuclear-powered Cruise Missile Submarine (SSGN/PLARK) of the Project 949A Antei class. The Kursk ended on the seafloor 108 metres below the surface. We remember; we mourn! This was one of the most tragic dates at the beginning of the third millennium. K141 Kursk was laid down in Severodvinsk in 1992, launched in May 1994, and joined the fleet on 30 December 1994. From 1995 to 2000, it was a unit of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Federation. In March 1995, Bishop Ioann, Rector of the Belgorodsky Seminary, blessed the submarine and its crewmen. Then, Vladyki Ioann gave the ship a copy of the 700-year-old icon of the Most Holy Birthgiver of Kursk; he also gave each submariner a small icon of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, to be a protector and intercessor. In 1999, during an operation off Yugoslavia, Kursk covertly surveilled the US Navy warship Theodore Roosevelt, whose planes were bombing Yugoslavia. During this time, Kursk completed five simulated attacks on the Roosevelt, all of which were successful. On 12 August 2000, Kursk took part in exercises, with 24 cruise missiles and a full load of torpedoes onboard. The Kursk tried to launch cruise missiles at a target, but an accident occurred… the sub sank to the ocean floor 108 metres under the surface of the Barents Sea, 175 kilometres from Severomorsk. Captain of the First Rank Lyachin and the entire crew died… in all, there were 118 victims. Later on, the Navy returned the remains of the majority of them to the surface and buried them together. On 26 August 2000, President Putin signed a decree honouring the memory of the crew. On 11 September 2000, one of the mountains in the central Caucasus mountain range received the name “Kursk”… to commemorate the crew of the submarine.

11 August 2016

Russia-Российская Федерация

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

10 September 2014. American Far Right Website Claims that Russian Sub Patrolled Undetected “For a Month” Near US Base

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Editor:

A Cabineteer said that this one is from 2012. No matter… it’s TRUE! In all particulars. It was an election year, and Cornyn hasn’t changed his spots, so, everything said is still legit. In fact, since Cornyn hasn’t changed his views in the face of reality, it means that it not only is still relevant, it gives all concerned a warning about Mr Cornyn… remember, he’s a Chicken Hawk and a gun nutter to boot… a coward who CHOSE not to serve. Great stuff, eh?

BMD

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File this one under “Modern Fairy Tales”. Read this. It’s a howler! RT’s on the up and square… it shows that the Washington Free Beacon is a nasty-ass lying sack o’ shit. Note what’s claimed… a Russian nuclear sub was patrolling in the Gulf of Mexico undetected for more than a month. If no one detected it, well, how can we be sure that it was there for a month? It may have been there just for a day, or a week, or for six weeks… if no one detected it, how can we know how long that it was there? Besides, if the sub went undetected, how could we even know that this notional ship was even there? That’s Fallacy Number One.

Note what the clueless Texas Republican said:

It’s a confounding situation arising from a lack of leadership in our dealings with Moscow. While the president is touting our supposed “reset” in relations with Russia, Vladimir Putin is actively working against American interests, whether it’s in Syria or here in our own backyard.

No one has spoken of the reset for YEARS. I’ve not heard talk of it for at least two, if not three. In other words, Cornyn is appealing to clueless Yahoo Know Nothing baggers. It’s an election year, so, all sorts of rot gets spouted by all sorts of pols on both sides of the aisle. I’d observe that Mr Cornyn has no private means to find out how long the Russian sub was near the American coast. How does he know how long that it was there? Actually, I think that he got his intel from a Far Right navy officer who leaked classified dope… in other words, the sub wasn’t undetected, and the officer who spilt the beans is a criminal who belongs in the slam for leaking sensitive military intel to a loudmouthed pol. Cornyn belongs in the slam for publicising classified naval intel (for sub spottings are indeed such). SOP is NOT to admit that you’ve detected someone… that’s to not tip-off the other side that you know what they’re doing. So, this wasn’t only illegal, it was abysmally stupid… but then again, we’re talking of Tea Party Evangelical Republicans, aren’t we? That’s Fallacy Number Two.

To speak bluntly, American and Russian subs have operated near each other’s coasts for DECADES. Earth to baggers… this is nothing new. American subs operate near Polyarny… Russian subs operate near Kings Bay… both sides know it, both sides have patrols out in consequence, and both sides do their best to stay out of the other’s territorial waters. THIS IS SOP… THIS IS NAVAL DOCTRINE FOR BOTH SIDES… THIS IS AS OLD AS THE HILLS. Only a Far Right schmidiot publication like the Washington Free Beacon could fall for this one. That’s Fallacy Number Three!

The Ump cries, “Yer out!”… as the Mighty Cornyn heads for the showers, defeated yet again by stubborn facts. It certainly speaks to the veracity level of Matt Continetti (the editor of the Free Beacon), doesn’t it? He worked for Rich Lowry, which means that he has the same (non-existent) standards… do recall how Lowry claimed that the junta was winning the Ukrainian Civil War when Taruta was fleeing Mariupol in a helicopter and as the VSN was retaking much territory from the junta forces in the August Offensive. He’s also Bill Kristol’s son-in-law… we all know Kristol, don’t we? Shitbirds of a feather DO flock together. Continetti is another gutless yellow Chicken Hawk… that’s par for the course for the warmongering Far Right, isn’t it? He screams for war, yet he cowardly refused to serve, himself. Cornyn is another Gutless Coward in the mould of Richard Cheney… he refused to serve, too… but he screams for war and stumps for “gun rights” (he’s also corrupt in the usual Texas way, receiving 3 separate state and local government pensions in addition to his Senate salary). Great bunch, eh?

A note for Orthodox people… perspirin’ minds wanna know if Potapov, Paffso, and Webster (the Unholy Trinity of the District) have ties with this scabrous lot… I’d betcha that they are…

BMD

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Northern Fleet Chases Out American Submarine Illegally Intruding in Russian Territorial Waters

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On Saturday, a high-ranking naval source told us that Northern Fleet anti-submarine forces detected and chased an intruding US submarine from Russian territorial waters, saying, “On 7 August 2014, patrol forces of the Northern Fleet detected a foreign submarine, presumably, a US Navy Virginia-class boat, in the Barents Sea. We sent anti-submarine ships, as well as an Il-38 ASW aircraft, to the area to search for it and track it down”. Russian forces chased the submarine out of Russian waters after a 27-minute contact. Our source said, “This is far from being an isolated incident, we’ve found foreign submarines in the Barents Sea lately. NATO submarines cause serious navigational incidents many times”. In 1992, the USS Baton Rouge collided with the Northern Fleet submarine K-276 Krab in Kolsky Bay. In 1986, the submarine HMS Splendid collided with a Northern Fleet PL Project 941 Akula SSBN.

9 August 2014

Rossiya Segodnya

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140809/191869986/Russia-Forces-US-Submarine-Out-of-Boundary-Waters.html

Saturday, 21 September 2013

21 September 2013. RIA-Infographics. Project 949A Antei Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Submarines (SSGN/PLARK)

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The famed submarine K141 Kursk, lost in northern waters under murky circumstances, was of this class.

BMD

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Nuclear-powered Cruise Missile Submarines (SSGN/PLARK) of the Project 949A Antei class have the mission of destroying enemy aircraft carrier battle groups and other surface targets. Distinguishing characteristics of this class are negligible noise levels, remarkable manoeuvrability, and high submerged speed. To find out more about this class of submarines, known throughout the fleet as “the aircraft carrier killers”, see our infographic.

In the morning on 16 September, a fire broke out during welding on the PLARK K150 Tomsk, at the Zvezda shipyard in Bolshoi Kamen in Primorsky Krai. No one was injured in the fire, and there was no radioactive leakage. The proximate cause of the fire was a violation of safety regulations. The Tomsk was laid down on 27 August 1991 at Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. On 13 April 1993, the government of Tomsk Oblast  took on sponsorship of the ship, resulting in it being named Tomsk. In July 1996, the submarine was launched. In March 1997, the Tomsk became part of the Northern Fleet; on 9 October 1998, the sub was transferred to the Pacific Fleet, with a homeport at Krasheninnikov Bay in Kamchatka. Click here for technical details of the Tomsk.

16 September 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/infografika/20130916/963544904.html

http://www.en.rian.ru/infographics/20130916/183500034/Project-949A-Antey-Submarines.html

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