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K-159, shortly before scrapping

My latest at the National Interest looked at the loss of K-8, a Soviet November class submarine:

The Bay of Biscay is one of the world’s great submarine graveyards. In late World War II, British and American aircraft sank nearly seventy German U-boats in the Bay, which joined a handful of Allied and German subs sunk in the region during World War I. On April 12, 1970, a Soviet submarine found the same resting place. Unlike the others, however, K-8 was propelled by two nuclear reactors, and carried four torpedoes tipped by nuclear warheads.


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  • petemack

    Lethal in the sense of killing crewmembers. As a weapons platform…not so much. The class was a very poor design.

  • If the pictured K-159 is any indication, the Soviets weren’t too hasty when it came to scrapping their warships.

    • yenwoda

      It looks like it could dive well enough, at least.

  • PeterH

    Well, that brought back memories. As you stated in your article about it’s noisiness, I’d like to further state…..what an understatement. Back in `71, we could pick up a November Class in Petropavlovsk before it even turned a prop….

  • The Pale Scot

    Where did all the trolls go?

    Not one comment over there, I guess they’re all planning ops against Merkel

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