Largest submarine salvage

Last updated: September 18, 2017 at 3:29 am

Russian Oscar-II class submarine Kursk (Length: 155 m / 508 ft). The submarine was sunk by internal explosions in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000, killing all 118 personnel on board. The submarine was raised to the surface by a consortium of Dutch companies–under contract from Russia–from a depth of 108 m (354 ft) while still loaded with torpedoes, cruise missiles, and its nuclear reactor. The bow was left underwater and subsequently destroyed. Divers employed in the operation spent 28 days underwater or in saturation chambers.

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