DIVERS COMPLETE DRILLING HOLES IN KURSK SUBMARINE

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Izvestia, August 29, 2001, p. 2

Divers working on the Kursk nuclear submarine completed drilling 26 openings in the hull yesterday. This was reported from the MAYO vessel, from which the divers descend to the Kursk. Sources on the MAYO said there were no “unusual situations” during this phase of the operation, and “all tasks have been carried out calmly, without any sudden moves, as it should be”.

Five Russian divers who have been working on the Kursk will soon spend a period of rehabilitation at the Solnechnogorsk sanitarium near Moscow.

The next phase of the operation – cutting the front section away from the rest of the submarine – is scheduled to start on August 29. The Carrier barge is due to reach the Kursk site on that day. It is transporting five cutting systems which will be used to work on the front section of the Kursk.

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