Main secret equipment of the nuclear submarine Kursk was installed in 1st and 2nd compartments which are severely damaged while “there is nothing super-secret” in the 3d compartment, Vladimir Navrotski, North Fleet press service chief, told RIA Novosti news agency by phone. In his words, the 3d compartment is the largest in the sub, and there must have been over 20 people there. Besides, crew members could have transferred there from rear compartments. Currently, a hole is being cut into the 3d compartment. Captain Navrotski presumes that the hatch between 2nd and 3d compartments could have been damaged as a result of a crash, and the majority of the crew could have concentrated namely in the 3d compartment. It is no accident that Captain Navrotski addresses the subject of secrecy which the submarine may hold in its hull. The point is that yesterday Russia’s mass media put forward an idea that the work on the Kursk had been launched solely to dismantle its super-secret equipment. All the rest, in the viewpoint of some journalists, including retrieval of the bodies, is aimed just to cover up this task. Captain Navrotski would not deny this version. He just told that there is nothing in the 3d compartment. At that, he did not specify whether divers are supposed to switch from the 3d compartment to others where this equipment is installed.
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