Russian submarine Kursk (K-141)

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K-141 Kursk

History
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Name: K-141 Kursk
Namesake: City of Kursk
Laid down: 1990
Launched: 1994
Commissioned: 30 December 1994
Struck: 12 August 2000
Fate: Sank 12 August 2000 with all 118 hands in 100 m (330 ft) of water in Barents Sea
Status: Raised from the seafloor (except bow), towed to shipyard, and dismantled
General characteristics
Class and type: Oscar II-class submarine
Displacement: 13,400 to 16,400 tonnes (13,200 to 16,100 long tons; 14,800 to 18,100 short tons)[ clarification needed]
Length: 154.0 m (505.2 ft)
Beam: 18.2 m (60 ft)
Draft: 9.0 m (29.5 ft)
Propulsion: 2 OK-650b nuclear reactors , 2 steam turbines, two 7-bladed propellers
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph) submerged, 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) surfaced
Test depth: 300 to 500 metres (980 to 1,640 ft) (by various estimates)
Complement: 44 officers, 68 enlisted
Armament: 24 × SS-N-19/P-700 Granit, 4 × 533 mm (21 in) and 2 × 650 mm (26 in) torpedo tubes (bow); 24 torpedoes
Notes: Home port: Vidyaevo, Russia

K-141 Kursk ( Russian: Атомная Подводная Лодка «Курск» (АПЛ «Курск»), English: Atomnaya Podvodnaya Lodka "Kursk" (APL "Kursk"), meaning "Nuclear-powered submarine Kursk") was an Oscar-II class nuclear-powered cruise-missile submarine of the Russian Navy.

On 12 August 2000, K-141 Kursk was lost in the Kursk submarine disaster when it sank in the Barents Sea, killing all 118 personnel on board.

Construction

K-141 Kursk was a Project 949A class Antey ( Russian: Aнтей, meaning Antaeus) 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 Soviet Navy military shipyards in Severodvinsk, near Arkhangelsk, in the northern Russian SFSR. During the construction of K-141, the Soviet Union collapsed, however work on the vessel continued and became one of the first naval vessels to be completed after the collapse. K-141 was inherited by Russia and launched in 1994, before being commissioned by the Russian Navy on December 30, as part of the Russian Northern Fleet. [1] K-141 was named Kursk after the city of Kursk, around which the Battle of Kursk took place in 1943 during World War II, and followed the theme of Soviet submarines being named after cities.

Kursk was assigned to the home port of Vidyayevo, Murmansk Oblast.

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