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The fire on the submarine "Eagle" and the lack of information

Happy April 7 came from Severodvinsk news. In one of the docks of the ship repair center "Zvezdochka" a fire started. According to the first reports, there was a fire of some combustible materials on the K-266 “Eagle” nuclear submarine of the 949A project, which is currently undergoing repairs. Over the next few hours, the specialists of the enterprise and the staff of the Ministry of Emergency Situations were engaged in extinguishing the fire, during which they had to resort to emergency measures. Currently, experts are studying the scene and establish its causes.

The fire occurred around two in the afternoon on Tuesday 7 April. According to the press service of the enterprise "Zvezdochka", the fire began during the hot work. In connection with this incident, the crew of the submarine and workers of the shipbuilding center left the submarine, so that no one was hurt. Due to the repair on the submarine "Eagle" weapons were absent. In the early stages of repair work, the reactor of the boat was shut off, and nuclear fuel was unloaded. Firefighting crews who arrived at the plant were engaged in extinguishing the fire. Already in the first message of the press service "Stars" revealed some details of the situation. So, it was reported that the fire occurred in the stern of the boat, in the inter-airspace. Burning rubber insulation coating.

For several hours, the fire brigade attempted to localize and extinguish the fire, but due to the specific design of the submarine, it was necessary to resort to non-standard fire fighting methods. At about six o'clock in the evening, it was decided to flood the dock with water. It was assumed that the water entering the dock would fall into the space between the hulls of the submarine and put out the fire. Soon the process of filling the dock with water began. According to preliminary calculations, the center of smoke was supposed to sink into the water around 21: 00.

About ten in the evening, RIA Novosti published statements by the Vice President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Igor Ponomarev. He noted that smoke does not pose any danger. Completely eliminate it was planned in the near future. In addition, the news agency reported that the fire was localized on an area of ​​about 40 sq.m.

By the evening of Tuesday, the possible cause of the fire became known. With reference to the press service of Zvezdochki, the media reported that the ignition was caused by a violation of the welding technology. Because of this, inflammation of combustible materials occurred in the lower part of the stern of the submarine. By evening, it was possible to localize the fire and start extinguishing it. To eliminate the smoke, it was decided to fill the dock with water.

On the morning of April 8, the specialists of the Zvezdochka company ventilated the compartments of the submarine under repair, after which they inspected the internal communications, components and assemblies. Inspection showed that the possibility of re-ignition is completely absent. After the inspection, the draining of the dock began to carry out other work. Later, on board the submarines were supposed to arrive representatives of the investigating authorities.

On Tuesday evening, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on the grounds of a crime under Article 1 Art. 216 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation is a violation of safety rules in the conduct of work, resulting in negligence causing major damage. Soon it became known that an interdepartmental commission would be involved in the investigation of the incident. It should include representatives of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the United Shipbuilding Corporation, the Krylov Research Center, and the Rubin Central Design Bureau.

In the very near future, an interdepartmental commission should examine the site of the incident, examine the damage and assess the damage. While information on the completion of such work is missing. Moreover, on the night of April 9, it was reported that the interdepartmental commission was still unable to proceed with the damage assessment. The reason for this was the continuing pumping of water from the dock. As soon as the dock-chamber of the plant is drained, specialists from several organizations and departments will be able to start work.

For obvious reasons, the damage from the fire has not yet been determined. In addition, a plan has not yet been drawn up for repairs related to the recent fire. It will take some time to determine the damage and make new plans. Nevertheless, some information about further work on the submarine K-266 "Eagle" has already appeared. The management of the Zvezdochka ship repair center informed the Ministry of Defense that the existing contract for the repair of the submarine will be executed in accordance with the established schedule. Thus, the repaired boat will be back in operation in the fourth quarter of the year 2016.

It should be noted that the lack of official information on the damage and further work does not prevent the appearance of various estimates. Some individuals, apparently not directly related to Zvyozdochka, are already making assumptions and expressing their versions. For example, in the evening of April 7, the TASS news agency published statements by the chairman of the All-Russian Support Movement fleet Captain 1st Rank Mikhail Nenashev. In his opinion, a fire could cause hundreds of millions of rubles of damage. It will take at least several months or a whole year to repair damaged parts, assemblies and assemblies.

No less pessimistic estimates were published by Interfax. According to an unnamed source of this information agency, allegedly related to the shipbuilding industry, the submarine "Eagle" was seriously damaged. The source claims that part of the cable network burned out during the fire, and the shaft of the left propeller was damaged. Damage received system dive and ascent. All these nodes and systems now need repair.

On the morning of April 9, information appeared on possible plans of the Ministry of Defense concerning the future repair of the damaged submarine. The Kommersant publication, citing an unnamed source in the Ministry of Defense, said that the military did not plan to allocate additional funds to carry out repairs after a fire. According to the source, there is no fault of the Ministry of Defense in the incident, as a result of which it does not plan to allocate additional funding in excess of that established by the existing contract. Official confirmation or denial of this information has not yet been received.

Considering the versions published by the press, one should not forget that the interdepartmental commission and the investigators are just beginning to investigate the incident. It will take some time to study the place of fire, search for the causes and carry out all other work, in particular, the determination of damage and the preparation of a repair plan. Therefore, all damage estimates of hundreds of millions of rubles and repairs lasting about a year are premature and may be erroneous. Until the official information about the damage received by the submarine during the fire, and the assessments made by the interdepartmental commission, you should not trust the various publications and assumptions of experts.

The situation with the lack of information is perfectly illustrated by the example given by the press service of the Zvezdochka enterprise on a blog in LiveJournal. Representatives of the company note that the information from the Interfax source about damage to the shaft of the submarine propellers is not true. These parts were dismantled for repairs in February, and are currently far enough away from the dock, which could not have been damaged in a fire.

Currently, experts of the interdepartmental commission have just begun work on the injured submarine. In the near future they will have to examine all the damaged parts, determine the exact cause of the fire, assess the damage and do a lot of other work. In addition, the staff of the Investigative Committee will have to find those responsible for the fire and take appropriate measures. Exact information about the status of the submarine "Eagle" after the fire is not yet available, which is a cause for serious concern. Nevertheless, the Zvezdochka ship repair center intends to cope with all the difficulties and complete all repair work, including the restoration of the units after the fire, within the time limits set by the contract and hand over the boat before the end of 2016.

The nuclear submarine K-266 "Eagle" was built on the project 949A "Antey". Currently, the Russian Navy has eight such ships from 11 built: two submarines were previously sent for recycling, another one (K-141 "Kursk") was killed in the 2000 year. The submarine "Eagle" was laid at the beginning of 1989 of the year and transferred to the fleet in February 93. The main objective of this submarine is to find and destroy the ship groups of a potential enemy. In 2013, the submarine Orel arrived at the Zvezdochka plant for scheduled repairs. At the beginning of the next 2014, the submarine was placed in the dock of the enterprise. The purpose of the work is the replacement of some units, the repair of various systems and the general extension of the service life.

A few years ago it was reported that TsKBMT Rubin developed a new project for the modernization of the Antey submarines, referred to in some sources under the designation “949AM”. According to 2011 of the year, this project meant equipping the submarines with a number of new equipment and replacing weapons. Instead of 24 launchers for Granit P-700 missiles, it was proposed to mount universal launchers that could be used to launch Onyx and Caliber missiles. In case of weapons of the Caliber family, the submarine of the 949AM project could transport and use up to 72 missiles. According to some reports, up to 2020, six of the existing 949A submarines of the eight available should be upgraded.

Some sources claim that in the foreseeable future, six modernized Anteyevs will become one of the components of the maritime component of the non-nuclear deterrence system. During the twenties, these submarine missile carriers will be operated in conjunction with the new submarines of the 885 / 885 "Ash" project. Before 2020, the Russian Navy should receive the 8 "Ash". The main submarine “Severodvinsk” (the base project 885) already carries the service, in the next few years it is planned to build and include into the fleet seven more submarines built according to the updated project 885М. Thus, from 2020, the Navy’s non-nuclear deterrent system will be based on at least 14 Antey and Ash Trees.

According to some sources, the submarines of the 949A project are available in the Navy and have a great future. However, for this they need to undergo repairs and a rather serious upgrade with the upgrade of various equipment. In the case of the repair and upgrade of the K-266 Eagle submarine, such work may be associated with certain difficulties arising from the recent fire. However, according to Zvezdochka experts, they will be able to complete the existing contract on time. In the meantime, an interdepartmental commission and investigators are engaged in clarifying the causes of fire. They will be reported later, upon completion of all necessary work.

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  1. Mikhail m
    Mikhail m April 10 2015 06: 15
    It is clear so far that nothing is clear. However, the "experts", despite the lack of information, have already appreciated everything. And there are no filters for such whistlers. Deza rules.
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas April 10 2015 08: 03
      Quote: Mikhail M
      And there are no filters for such whistlers. Desa rules.

      Any fire on the ship leads to hull deformation and deterioration of the hull metal properties. If for a surface ship this is not so scary, then for a submarine it is more than critical. Deformation of the body will definitely lead to a displacement of the axis of the shaft shaft, which means increased vibration and noise. The deterioration of the robust housing reduces the depth of immersion.
      1. Bronis
        Bronis April 10 2015 08: 40
        At least from messages with noisyness, Oryol had problems due to the deformation of the shafts ... so it's just bad rock ... multiplied by someone's negligence ...
        1. jjj
          jjj April 10 2015 11: 47
          Here is some information:
          In an interview with Lifenews, Zvezdochka gas cutter Dmitry Yeremeev spoke about the circumstances of a fire at the Orel nuclear submarine. According to him, at the time of the fire four people were on the scaffolding. The gas-welding worker cut off the rusted bolts that the installers could not unscrew. At this time, his work was watched by an employee of the plant and two soldiers of the Northern Fleet.
          - I have been working at this facility for three weeks, always doing the same job. At the direction of the management, I had to cut the studs on the hull of the submarine due to the fact that the installers could not twist them on their own. On that shift, I cut a few rivets. The repair team was about to leave the ship’s hull when one of the Northern Fleet sailors smelled of burning, ”Dmitry Yeremeyev tells Lifenews.
          According to the welder, the sailors tried to put out the fire on their own. They brought two small fire extinguishers into place and began to flood the smoke center, but within a few minutes thick smoke fell from under the submarine’s hull.
          - A technical cutout was made on the light hull of the submarine. The fire extinguisher jet was sent there. All this happened when I had already finished the work and assembled the equipment: I wound the wires, vented the pressure in the cylinders. While the workers were trying to cope with the smoke on their own, fire had already begun to spread inside the hull, ”says Yeremeyev.
          Investigators of the Ministry of Emergency Situations claim: the ship repair center employees tried to cope with the fire on their own, which led to such serious damage - none of the workers reported a fire to the 01 control panel for half an hour. When the first detachment of firefighters arrived, the flame height on the Orel hull was about three meters, which is why the fire was immediately assigned a second difficulty number.
          - Repair of a submarine is a standard job, usual for any shipyard. When work on the ship is planned in the morning, the so-called firing points, which may be 10, are determined. A specially designated officer should check the place of welding for safety, see where the sparks fly, and cover this place with an asbestos cloth. The watchman must carry fire extinguishers and other fire extinguishing equipment. And the welder is instructed, after which the officer gives permission to work. And the sailor should observe the welder - precisely so that there is no ignition, ”said Igor Kurdin, former commander of the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine.
          According to Igor Kurdin, when the welder finishes work, the sailor stays in place for another two hours until the metal cools down after welding. It is likely that the welder with the watchman sailor had already left for the Orel submarine, and, as the ex-commander of the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine suggests, when the smoke started, it was difficult to determine what was burning and where, then the woods, lining, rubber, cable routes inside, reports "Lifenews".
          1. Passerby2
            Passerby2 April 10 2015 17: 32
            At first I thought about zarobchane, then about primates with a grenade.
          2. inegrek
            inegrek April 10 2015 18: 00
            ... * tried to put out on their own * ... tried to hide the fire ...
          3. Boa kaa
            Boa kaa April 10 2015 20: 09
            Quote: jjj
            I already finished the work and assembled the equipment: rewound the wires, vented the pressure in the cylinders.

            Electric gas welder, you say! Oh well!
            "Electro" - wound the wires! ("Why, I am like that!")
            "Gaso" - blew off the pressure in the cylinders! ("Why are they thinking about it" ...)
            Well, now, to me, the "wretched" one (who passed the NAKS!) Explain, plz, which gas cutter in his right mind will "bleed the pressure in the cylinders"? Interesting: why are acetylene and oxygen in the North today? that any hard worker can easily bleed him out of cylinders !?
            About the categorization of fires.
            Quote: jjj
            within half an hour, none of the workers reported a fire on the 01 control panel. When the first detachment of firefighters arrived, the flame height on the Orel hull was about three meters, which is why the fire was immediately assigned a second difficulty number.

            - workers reported on command to the duty officer on duty. It was he who was supposed to call to the factory, the Ministry of Emergencies.
            - The height of the flame is 3 m on the body due to a technical cut-out: atmospheric oxygen was sucked in like a pipe and fanned the fire!
            -second fire difficulty number. (where?)
            "In accordance with the Federal Law of July 22, 2008" Technical Regulations on Fire Safety Requirements ", the following apply fire classification:
            By the complexity of extinguishing, fires are divided into the following categories:
            2. Call No. 1 - a message was received about smoke or fire. Two compartments drove to the place of call in two main fire trucks (tankers). Fire detected. We started to extinguish.
            3. Call # 1 BIS - message about fire is confirmed. In case of a shortage of manpower and resources, two more departments are additionally requested for assistance. There are four departments in total at the site of the fire. "
            Fire extinguished 17 calculations! This is a minimum of category 5 fire.
            Therefore, as never before, the expression is true: He is lying, as an eyewitness!
            But the information is interesting.
            1. igorka357
              igorka357 April 11 2015 05: 13
              The pressure is vented from the hoses ..)))), not from the tanks, maybe just a typo ..))?
      2. Tigr
        Tigr April 10 2015 13: 37
        Quote: Nayhas
        Any fire on the ship leads to hull deformation and deterioration of the hull metal properties.

        Anyone? Maybe you have data on the temperature and time of its exposure to the metal of the hull in order to cause it to deform and deteriorate in relation to a fire on the Orel SSGN?
    2. Denis
      Denis April 10 2015 13: 43
      Quote: Mikhail M
      there are no filters for such whistlers. Desa steers

      A pity, even very
      According to the first reports, there was a fire of some combustible materials on a nuclear submarine
      These are the first squeals and grunts, although what's atomic?
      Due to the repair on the submarine "Eagle" weapons were missing. In the early stages of repair work, the boat’s reactor was shut off and the nuclear fuel unloaded.
      Welded violated TB, there was no bucket of water near and all business
  2. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich April 10 2015 06: 17
    it’s no longer clear what to believe. Throws are truthfully mixed, go and figure out this vinigret .. recourse
    1. Serg65
      Serg65 April 10 2015 06: 38
      Quote: Andrey Yurievich
      it’s no longer clear what to believe. Throws are truthfully mixed, go and figure out this vinigret ..

      Oh Yurich, they shouldn't have called the boat "Eagle", it's an unfortunate name for the Russian fleet !!!! And the fact that, according to one version, a fire occurred because of the welders, I really believe it. On ships being repaired, 80% of fires occur due to the lack of welders. Many people wave their hand at safety precautions and think that they are smarter than everyone else.
      1. Andrey Yuryevich
        Andrey Yuryevich April 10 2015 06: 55
        Quote: Serg65
        in vain they called the boat "Eagle", it's an unfortunate name for the Russian fleet !!!!

        it is what it is.. recourse
      2. umah
        umah April 10 2015 09: 01
        And the fact that according to one version a fire occurred due to welders, I really believe that

        My friend studied as a welder and practiced in Sevmash. So he said that on Zvezdochka, on the NSR, the welders are still gouging. Continuous safety violations. Firefighters are at war with them: they catch, fines. But the spaces are huge, you can’t keep track of everyone ...
        1. Genry
          Genry April 10 2015 12: 37
          And why, instead of gas cutting, for such work, do not use cryo-cutting, based on liquefied nitrogen? She is very effective at cutting plastics, rubber, metals, ice, ...

      3. Silhouette
        Silhouette April 10 2015 09: 21
        Quote: Serg65
        On repaired ships, 80% of fires due to carelessness of welders occur. Many on a safety precaution wave their hand and believe that they are smarter than everyone.

        And how many welders for this sat for 5-7 years? I have not heard a single case. There are no other fire control methods in Russia.
        1. Grim Reaper
          Grim Reaper April 12 2015 04: 34
          Lift your ass from the convenient place of the merchandise manager and use the 24n27 key to make the thread useful to the country before blaming the hard workers.
      4. stas-xnumx
        stas-xnumx April 10 2015 10: 57
        I agree completely, during the service in 1992-93, the boat was placed in the Boathouse in the "Nerpa", who was in the know as they say))), so constantly in the process of hot work, it will flare up there, then it will flare up ... then they won't put asbestos, then they won't put it there ...
      5. although
        although April 10 2015 11: 15
        Earlier it was called "Severodvinsk" it was not just called but renamed, but it burned well, the smoke was visible even outside the city, black, rubber.
  3. Yarik
    Yarik April 10 2015 06: 28
    Michael m SU Today, 06:15 AM New
    It is clear so far that nothing is clear. However, the "experts", despite the lack of information, have already appreciated everything. And there are no filters for such whistlers. Deza rules.

    Without the "experts" we would have hawala official press releases, in which the information also does not always, to put it mildly, correspond to reality. yes
  4. Afinogen
    Afinogen April 10 2015 06: 32
    According to the source, the incident is not the fault of the Ministry of Defense, as a result of which it does not plan to allocate additional funding in excess of the established contract.

    That's right, let them screw themselves up and restore everything, for their money, another time they’ll think over everything so as not to catch fire.
    1. NEXUS
      NEXUS April 10 2015 08: 06
      Quote: Athenogen
      That's right, let them screw themselves up and restore everything, for their money, another time they’ll think over everything so as not to catch fire.

      it will be so. And they will give the chief cap. Given the current situation, the commissioning of each nuclear submarine is an event of national scale and is painted in a strategic color. And such fires are too big a luxury for us, not only financially, but also politically and strategically. hi
  5. oracul
    oracul April 10 2015 08: 15
    Many of today's journalists and experts do not care about what to write about, as long as it is "tasty and sensational." Well, they reported and reported, but no, you need to rummage through the "dung" and savor non-existent details. But the matter concerns the defense of the country. All this is strange. Remember how TV reported to the first Chechen company that "a military column began to move out of Mozdok." What is this nonsense or intelligence? Rather the second than the first. Even such a concept as holy simplicity is hardly applicable here.
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  7. castle
    castle April 10 2015 09: 05
    What kind of fire is this at Zvezdochka due to a "violation of welding technology"? Why are there welding machines and antediluvian technologies, welders are half-trained slobs? Or did the management of the enterprise spend money, instead of repairing the boat, on their personal affairs, and then set fire to and flood the ends into the water, or rather, "the boat into the water"? They thought, I suppose, that they would write off everything for the accident, and if Russia needs such a boat, the state will give more money. To restore the boat.
    1. umah
      umah April 11 2015 02: 26
      welders undereducated slobs?

      The welders are trained, but it's one thing to weld two pieces of iron on concrete, and another in the gut between the cables in a cancer pose. TB violation? Yes! But there is no malice here. I speak as a person who grew up in Severodvinsk and is familiar with the "way" at the plant. Moreover, the Ministry of Defense refused to compensate for the consequences of the fire and the plant will have to eliminate the consequences at its own expense, so there is no point in talking about washing the attendants. This is negligence, but nothing more. It is not worth looking for a trace of corruption in this situation. In addition, for this fire, the whole leadership is blown into the very tomatoes and a lot of people will lose their posts, plus they will be checked from top to bottom. Money loves silence, and you can't make money with such a fuss.
  8. Internal combustion engine
    Internal combustion engine April 10 2015 09: 32
    If, under the Soviet regime, pests were able to harm, then at the present time, when the country is literally a passage through the yard, the most lazy pest can do no harm.
  9. Vadim237
    Vadim237 April 10 2015 11: 04
    It would be better to continue building boats 949A, its characteristics are the same as those of Ashen, but in terms of ammunition Antei in a modernized version surpasses Ashen in two.
    1. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa April 10 2015 20: 37
      Quote: Vadim237
      boats 949A, its characteristics are the same as those of Ash,
      Ash is a more technically advanced boat. Therefore, she was given the task of combating the submarine’s submarine. But since it is also universal, it can work along the coast, and NK to heat.
      949 project - designed to deal with large NK, and uses torpedo weapons to develop success. She is a gladiator! Ash is ninja.
      This is if you figuratively express your thought.
      1. svp67
        svp67 April 10 2015 21: 19
        Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
        She is a gladiator! Ash is ninja.

        So, as a complement
  10. goblin xnumx
    goblin xnumx April 10 2015 12: 52
    Anteys interfere with someone, I don’t think that the boat will get better after the fire, at least the commissioning will be delayed, as a maximum, someone needs scrap, they’ve already cut everything that has been postponed, it’s strange it’s all eastern, problems with computers at defense plants, eagle or strip?
  11. scorpiosys
    scorpiosys April 10 2015 13: 29
    It's time to return articles on sabotage and sabotage. And all the "tyap-blunders" of the masters and their superiors MUST be carried out under these articles. In court cases, make documentaries and show them instead of talk shows at the very time of the audience.
    And it’s better to raise Stalin. And he will help to do the rest.
    1. svp67
      svp67 April 11 2015 05: 52
      Quote: scorpiosys
      It's time to return articles on sabotage and sabotage

      It is possible, but it can also be financially punished by legally introducing fines for this, when fulfilling a defense order 3 times higher than usual
  12. xomaNN
    xomaNN April 10 2015 17: 11
    Yes, fellow shipbuilders of the NSR - the losses are definitely at your expense. In my past experience, when repairing a ship for hot work, a special watch and watch is allocated. So our "maybe" is expensive. We have very few submarines to play with them belay
  13. 1234567890
    1234567890 April 10 2015 17: 51
    As one Stalinist people's commissar said, every accident has a surname, name and patronymic.
  14. red-dog2
    red-dog2 April 10 2015 20: 42
    immediately introduced the gloating Americans reading this news. how they are probably laughing at us now in some kind of public. already ashamed crying
  15. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa April 10 2015 20: 55
    I personally am interested in one thing: how many compartments were not airtight, how many were filled with sea water, what this flooding will result in.
    In theory, plugs should have been put everywhere. That's just, if the valolinia was taken out, then the feed compartments ended up in the water right up to the support-supporting ...
    If the ventilation water has gone further, then the entire filling will need to be changed. At least: remove wash dry, check on stands. And all this will fly into a pretty penny and not a small one.
    Nobody will bankrupt the NSR, so they will take a penny from the fleet budget ...
    Yes, NOT ICE!
  16. RED_ICE
    RED_ICE April 11 2015 09: 37
    The asterisk is such squalor. Ours sue her under contracts every year.
  17. Ivan the Fool
    Ivan the Fool 15 May 2015 15: 18
    Previously, they drowned every 10 years, now they burn with a blue flame, in 2013 and 2011, 2009 and earlier. THIS IS NORMAL!