Interesting Dit on the Kursk

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  1. It certainly does but not the way you think. A torpedo doesn't penetrate a pressure hull like a shell through armour. The whole basis of that clip is a US Mk 48 penetrates the pressure hull and explodes in the Kursk's bomb shop causing a fire which sets off the other weapons.

    2 things stand out.

    1) A Mk 48 won't penetrate the casing and pressure hull as I've previously stated

    2) This fire it allegedly started would be put out by the Barents sea coming through the, somewhat large, hole the exploding Mk 48 left behind.

    I'll stick with the hypothesis that one of the dodgy hydrogen peroxide fuelled torpedo's onboard exploded, causing a fire which resulted in a sympathetic explosion of the other weapons.
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  2. Got to agree with the wrecker, torpedos just don't work that way. Remember being on patrol when she went down and feeling for them, until baser instincts kicked in when we found our relief have been volunteered as the Mothersub for the DSRV and the grumbles about how long extra we'd have to stay out started. Then relief when the Russians turned it down. True to say sympathy doesn't run too deep sometimes.
  3. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    This is old tinfoil hat stuff generated by some interests in Russia who didn't want to admit that it was Russian technology and practices which caused the disaster.
  4. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Ben, read up on the Sidon accident on the Dorset SA Website, it will give some idea of the damage HTP fuel can do.

    Dorset Submariners - HMS Sidon
  5. Another hypothesis kicking around whilst I was a BAE System was that there was a touch of 'crazy Ivan' going around with Kursk and two USN boats whilst she Kursk was exercising with the rest of the Russian fleet. Not long after Kursk went down the two boats were seen in a Norwegian fjord at some non descript shipyard cos one of the boats was damaged. Allegedly Kursk had scuff marks down one side intimating she possibly had a skirmish with something. This could have accounted for the accident on board. They were shuffling fish about and they got thumbed by the Yankee boat, the fish fell of the rack and bish bash bosh explosion or damage to the fish sufficient for the hydrogen peroxide fuel to leak and explosion. Any way all conjuncture.
  6. There is a very good book on the incident called 'Kursk - a time to die.'

    The Russians are mad ****ers for sure, at a subsequent press conference some of the widows were getting a bit rowdy so the security guards injected them with tranquillisers.

    It begs the question, why were there blokes at a routine press conference with ready made syringes of tranquillisers?


    It also gives you a feel for how utterly shit life must be in the Russian Navy. The skipper of the Kursk's flat looked like a Glaswegian crack den complete with piss stained orange sofa.

    Imagine how bad the lad's accommodation was?

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