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The Kursk a Russian nuclear submarine which sank on August 12th is at the bottom of the Barents Sea 150km 90 miles off Russias northwest coast While performing a routine naval tactical exercise something undetermined went wrong sending the submarine to the seas floor One of the most advanced submarines of this modern era is now a casket of steel for all 118 crewmen that were aboard the vessel President Vladimir Putin and his governments actions towards the disaster are both irresponsible and shameful The incident with the Kursk is the worse peacetime naval disaster ever The cause of the sunken Russian nuclear submarine the Kursk is still unknown However there are many theories that address the issue Miniature submersible cameras have shown us the extent of damage the Kursk has undertook The damage included a shattered bow a buckled foredeck a battered conning tower and worst of all a gaping tear in the vessels hull that would have permitted massive flooding One theory is that an explosion may have ripped through the torpedo compartments in the bow flooding the entire forward sections of the sub Bout Those in this region of the ship most likely died an instantaneous death while others who escaped this initial disaster face a far more slow and agonizing death Those explosions led to the speculation that one of the Kursks fish nickname for a torpedo may have malfunctioned during firing detonating the rest of the explosives stored in the vessels torpedo compartments Another theory that is quite weak is that the Kursk may have collided with another submarine Fennell Possibly an American or British submarine could be a factor in the disaster because both submarines were in the vicinity of the Kursk when it happened There have also been rumours and suggestions that the Kursk was sabotaged and is linked to the war in Chechnya but this is also most likely false Starobin
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