“This is an unusual vessel”
According to preliminary reports, among the 14 people killed in a fire at the underwater station of the Northern fleet in the Barents sea, seven captains of the first rank and two of Hero of Russia. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the meeting with defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. “This is a big loss for the Navy, General of the army”, — quotes words of the head of state press-service of the Kremlin.
Why on Board one of the submarines there were no less than seven captains of the first rank, is unknown. The only thing Putin said: “This is an unusual ship, we all know, is the research vessel, the crew highly professional”.
In the transcript of the conversation between the President and the Minister of defense also pointed out that Putin ordered Shoigu to travel to new York city, to hear the reports about the accident and “to focus the Commission on the unconditional identification of the causes of this tragedy.”
The President expressed condolences to the families of the victims and instructed to assist them.
We will remind, the fire on the submarine occurred July 1, the defense Ministry reported it the next day. According to the media, we are talking about nuclear underwater station “Losharik” (as-12) or the sub-carrier of such a device. The publication “Fontanka” reported that the dead sailors were the secret military unit from St. Petersburg.