Nuclear mishaps

Nuclear mishaps, A short list of some of the known OOPSES that are not supposed to happen… Or we’re not supposed to know about:

February 16, 2009
A cross-channel investigation has been launched after two submarines carrying nuclear weapons – from the Royal and French navies – collided in the Atlantic.
HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant crashed on February 3 or 4, despite both vessels being equipped with sonar.
Russian nuclear submarine accidents
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Soviet nuclear submarines have been involved in numerous accidents during the past four decades. Poor maintenance and economic troubles since the 1991 Soviet collapse have further aggravated the problem.

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Here is a look at some of the more serious incidents:
Jan. 26, 1998. An accident aboard a nuclear-powered submarine at an Arctic base in Listafjord, on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, released toxic fumes that killed a Russian naval officer and injured four sailors. There was no radiation leak.

Oct. 17, 1996. A nuclear submarine on patrol in the Pacific took on water after one of its propellers broke. No one was reported injured and the sub returned safely to base.

September 1995. A power cutoff to nuclear submarines on the coast of northern Russia caused a cooling system on one boat to break down, forcing emergency measures to stop its reactor from overheating.

March 23, 1994. Two Russian submarines with nuclear weapons on board grazed each other during an exercise in the Barents Sea.

Summer 1993. An accident in a nuclear submarine killed 21 sailors and injured two more, but navy commanders tried to cover it up.

November 1992. A Russian nuclear submarine caught fire while under repair in the Arctic port of Murmansk.

June, 1992. An explosion aboard a nuclear submarine killed an officer and injured four crewmen while the ship was being repaired on the Kola Peninsula in northern Russia.

April 1989. A Soviet nuclear submarine, the Komsomolets, sank in the Barents Sea, killing 42 of the 69 sailors aboard.

October 1986. A nuclear-armed submarine caught fire and sank 600 miles east of Bermuda. A top Russian scientist said much later that nuclear warheads on the sub broke open, spewing plutonium-239 into the Atlantic.

Between 1956 and 1991, there were at least 121 incidents or accidents in the Soviet nuclear submarine fleet, according to a 1992 study by the environmental group Greenpeace.
At least 10 accidents involved serious damage and danger to nuclear reactors, and actual reactor meltdowns occurred twice, in 1979 and 1985, another Greenpeace study said.
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