Tugboat Navy: Russia’s nuclear-powered submarine Orel (K-266) lost its power off the coast of Denmark

Russia’s nuclear-powered missile submarine Orel (Project 949A Antey) lost its power off the coast of the Danish island of Sehero; the Telegram reported citing the Danish Navy official. The Danish Navy has released a photo of the submarine while monitoring the submarine off the coast of Denmark.

The incident occurred on August 3 –the submarine was returning from St. Petersburg after completing the parade on the day of the Navy. It is noted that the Altai tug began preparations for transporting the submarine to the base while the crew tried to restore the power of the submarine.

According to the Danish Navy, the anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov interacted with the Kingdom’s Coast Guard during the incident.

In early June, the United States announced that Russia was making significant efforts to build up its military power, in particular, through new ships. The columnist for The National Interest recalled that, according to the head of the Russian United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov, five new and two repaired warships are planned to be delivered to the Russian fleet in 2021, replacing Soviet-era warships and submarines.

“The escort out of the Baltic Sea will go down in history as both dramatic and exciting, as the nuclear-powered submarine “Orel” of the Oscar-II class had problems with propulsion and lay dead in the water at Sejerø, where it drifted with 1,5 knots towards the island,” the crew on the Danish patrol vessel writes.

They elaborate by explaining how they could see a crowd of crew members came out on the front deck of “Orel”, all wearing life jackets.

The Northern Fleet navy tug “Altay” came closer and ropes were prepared for towing the large submarine. “MDMS Diana” offered help, but such assistance was “politely but nor surprisingly refused,” the Danish navy writes.

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