From the Czech online news site iDNES...

No, no one was drinking aboard the Delta III ballistic missile submarine (a.k.a. SSBN, a.k.a. boomer) Svyatoy Georgi Pobedonosec (Saint George the Victorious).  At least I hope so.  But that wasn’t the case aboard the Russian fishing vessel Donets, which apparently failed to yield right of way to the boomer in Kamchatka Peninsula‘s Avachinskaya Guba (bay), even after repeated warning signals including flares.  It turns out that the captain of the Donets wasn’t on the bridge and the whole crew was drunk.

Avachinskaya Guba is the location of Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy, the primary city on the Kamchatka Peninsula and the site of a major Russian naval headquarters and base on the Pacific.

The boomer was damaged externally, but there was no damage to the propulsion plant, nor was any reported radiation leakage.  This, I surmise, is great relief to nearby Japan, with nuclear problems of its own.

The sub is now undergoing repair in the local shipyard.


About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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