The K-19 nuclear submarine was bidden farewell at a ceremony held at the Nerpa ship-repair factory in Snezhnogorsk yesterday. The submarine will soon be destroyed.
The K-19 submarine became world-famous after the Hollywood production of K-19: The Widowmaker, which showed the heroics of the submarine's crew. The plot was based on the real events of 42 years ago. On July 4, 1961, while K-19 was in the North Atlantic for training purposes, the reactor's emergency control system suddenly came on and the crew began a desperate battle to save the submarine and its crew. Several submariners' lives were sacrificed in preventing a nuclear catastrophe. During its years of service, the K-19 experienced several accidents including fires and collisions both on the surface and under water. It was nicknamed Hiroshima as a result of these misfortunes.
Only 15 people were present at the farewell ceremony including former crew members of the ship. The US is financing the destruction process of the K-19. Russia made this request during US Senator Al Gore's visit to the Murmansk Region in 2002. He has initiated such financial projects before.
Satellite images of the naval base in Vilyuchinsk, Kamchatka, confirm that Russian nuclear submarines have left the base in turn