The nuclear-powered submarine sank in an accident on 12 August 2000 in the Barents Sea, during the first major Russian naval exercise, and all 118 personnel on board were killed.

K-141 Kursk was a submarine of the Oscar class, known as the Oscar II by its NATO reporting name, and was the penultimate submarine of the Oscar II class designed and approved in the Soviet Union. Construction began in 1990 at the military shipyards in Severodvinsk. During the construction of K-141, the Soviet Union collapsed.

Kursk Memorial / Image: via

Submarine was inherited by Russia and launched in 1994, as part of the Russian Northern Fleet. K-141 was named Kursk after the city, following the naming system for Soviet submarines. Kursk was assigned to the home port of Vidyayevo, Murmansk Oblast.

The sail of Kursk was rescued from a scrapyard and turned into a memorial at the Church of the Saviour on Waters in Murmansk. It is dedicated to the men who died aboard the sub: “To the submariners, who died in peacetime”.

Kursk’s sail emerges. The conning tower still carries its brightly painted emblems / Image: Associated Press

Featured Image: Russian nuclear-powered submarine The Kursk, 1999 / Image: via


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