"Raising The Kursk" historical diving talk
Join us at Hornet Services Sailing Club for another enthralling evening with Mike O'Meara Chairman of the Historical Diving Society.
The Kursk was a Russian nuclear-powered Oscar class submarine. She left her home base of Vidiayevo on 10th August 2000 with a total of 118 crew, officers, and designers to participate in military exercises in the Barents Sea. Tragically, she sank as a result of an on-board accident two days later with the loss of all those on board.
The Kursk had an armament capacity of 24 cruise missiles with conventional or nuclear warheads. The missiles were designed to be launched whilst she was submerged. She was also equipped with 24 torpedoes. She was built with a double hull construction and 9 watertight compartments.
After some internal delays the Russian authorities requested international assistance, however the initial delays in reporting her loss combined with inadequate early intervention caused lost opportunities for a successful life-saving intervention.
Mike will share his personal experience as part of the 3-man team hastily mobilised at short notice to travel to St Petersburg to negotiate and plan with the Russian senior naval command the first stage of the salvage operation as well as providing an overview of the entire salvage.
The itinerary for the evening will be;
18:00 19:30 Galley and Bar open for food and drinks at members own cost.
19:30 21:00 "Raising The Kursk" talk by Mike O'Meara
18:00 - 23:00 Bar open throughout
Any available tickets are member only.
Last updated 10:31am on 17 February 2022