Russian submarine Kursk (K-141)


Construction began in 1990 at the Soviet Navy military shipyards in Severodvinsk, near Arkhangelsk, in the northern Russian SFSR.

Her weapons included 18 SS-N-16 "Stallion" anti-submarine missiles. Kursk was part of Russia's Northern Fleet, which had suffered funding cutbacks throughout the 1990s.


In 1993 K-141 was named Kursk after the Battle of Kursk in the 50 years anniversary of this battle.


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. Kursk was assigned to the [port] of Vidyayevo, Murmansk Oblast. == Capabilities == The Antey design represented the highest achievement of Soviet nuclear submarine technology.


Northern Fleet sailors had gone unpaid in the mid-1990s. == Deployments == During her five years of service, Kursk completed only one mission, a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea during the summer of 1999 to monitor the United States Sixth Fleet responding to the Kosovo crisis.


As a result, many of her crew had spent little time at sea and were inexperienced. == Naval exercise and disaster == Kursk joined the "Summer-X" exercise, the first large-scale naval exercise planned by the Russian Navy in more than a decade, on 10 August 2000.

On 12 August 2000, at 11:28 local time (07:28 UTC), there was an explosion while preparing to fire.


They are the second-largest cruise missile submarines ever built, after some ballistic missile submarines were converted to carry cruise missiles in 2007.

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