Russia: Sevastopol marks anniversary of Kursk nuclear submarine tragedy

A mourning ceremony was held in Sevastopol, Saturday, to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Kursk nuclear submarine tragedy in which 118 sailors lost their lives after the vessel sank in the Barents Sea.

Following the prayer, sailors of the Black Sea Fleet and relatives who had lost their loved ones in the Kursk tragedy headed to Kommunarov Cemetery. Mourners laid flowers for the deceased crewmen, many of whom hailed from Sevastopol and worked in the submarine at various posts, ranging from midshipmen to senior officers.

SOT, Yuri Orekhovski, Deputy Commander of Black Sea Fleet (Russian): “More drills and training of various types are being conducted so that such a tragedy would never happen again. New equipment is more reliable [and] has a higher degree of protection. That is also a factor [in ensuring that] such tragedies do not happen again.”

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