Submarine fire

Read BarentsObserver’s articles following the fire on the nuclear powered Delta-IV class submarine “Yekaterinburg” north of Murmansk.


The fire happend on December 29th while the submarine was in a floating dock at the naval yard Roslyakova north of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula.

Yekaterinburg” is a 25 year old strategic submarine, normally carrying 16 intercontinental missiles. There are two nuclear reactors onboard. The reactors were shut down when the submarine was taken into the floating dock on December 8th, 2011 and according to official information all the missiles were also removed. On this blog site you can see many images of the “Yekateringburg” taken in 2010 when she was at port in the homebase Gadzhievo northwest of Murmansk. Blogger51 in Murmansk is also a source of non-official information following the fire.

BarentsObserver has published the following articles about the fire and earlier history of “Yekaterinburg”:

Sweden not informed about submarine fire
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is critical to the lack of information given by the Russian side about the fire in the nuclear submarine “Yekaterinburg” in December 2011.

Northern Fleet: The burning submarine was armed
Russia’s Northern Fleet admits that the nuclear submarine “Yekaterinburg” that was seriously damaged in a fire outside Murmansk on December 29. 2011 had missiles and torpedoes on board.

Støre wants answers on possible nukes
Norway’s Foreign Minister says Moscow must tell the truth about possible weapons onboard the submarine on fire in a dry-docked north of Murmansk in late December.

Fire-struck sub had nuclear warheads on board
The Russian nuclear-powered submarine “Yekaterinburg”, which was severely damaged in a fire during repairs on December 29, had its missiles with nuclear warheads and other weapons on board.

Russia’s nuclear capacity not reduced
Russian experts believe the new strategic nuclear submarine “Yury Dolgoruky” will more than compensate the loss of “Yekaterinburg”, which was seriously damaged in a fire in December.

Sub repairs will cost more than 1 billion rubles
The fire aboard the nuclear submarine ”Yekaterinburg” destroyed the submarine’s hydroacoustic system and the cost of repairs exceeds €24.5 million.

Videos from submarine fire
Blogger site with several videos showing the firefighters battle the blaze in the nuclear powered submarine on December 29th in the floating dock at the naval yard Roslyakova north of Murmansk.

Norwegians dissatisfied with sub fire info  
Gunnar Kjønnøy, county administrator of Finnmark, claims Russia has violated the regional obligation they have to warn about accidents involving nuclear installations.

Submarine’s torpedo compartment was on fire
Revealing photos of the nuclear powered submarine “Yekaterinburg” from before and during last week’s fire clearly indicate that the flames come from inside the torpedo-compartment.

Repairs on fire-damage sub could take a year
President Medvedev instructs to take all measures to restore the submarine. That job will take at least one year says the shipyard that does complex overhauling of Russia’s strategic nuclear powered submarines.

Fire in floating dock with nuclear submarine
A massive fire broke out Thursday in the wooden scaffold put up around a strategic Delta-IV class nuclear powered submarine in dry-dock at the ship repair yard in Roslyakova north of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula.

Russia tested new ballistic missile
Last Friday’s test-launch of a missile from the Barents Sea could be the first test of a new, modernized version of the Sineva submarine-launched ballistic missile.