TORPEDOES IN THE FIRST COMPARTMENT OF THE KURSK SUBMARINE DO NOT POSE A THREAT TO THE SALVAGE OPERATION

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Echo of Moscow, July 30, 2001, 15:05

This statement was made by the press service of the North Fleet. According to Interfax, the media misinterpreted the statement made by Rear Admiral Mikhail Motsak. The matter concerns the presence of torpedoes in the first compartment of the Kursk submarine. According to Interfax, in reference to the representative of the press service of the North Fleet, there are no torpedoes in the part of the first compartment that will be cut by divers. However, it is possible that torpedoes still remain in the other part of the first compartment and are littered with ruined metal constructions.

It should be reiterated that the Kursk submarine carried 22 cruise missiles with conventional warheads and about 18 torpedoes. According to the press service of the North Fleet, the first compartment has been examined by divers and an unmanned vehicle.

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