(Tea Party 247) – Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that a deep-sea submersible caught fire and killed 14 crewmen. In a further startling revelation, the submarine was also nuclear powered.
Remember not that long ago, back in 2012, when then Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Russia was a huge threat to our national security and Obama and his ilk laughed at him? Yeah. Turns out he wasn’t crazy after all. Seems like Russia has the capabilities to be a dangerous power on the geopolitical stage.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Putin in a meeting on Thursday that the vessel’s reactor is “completely isolated now” and is “in full working order.”
The ultra-secret sub “Losharik” was rumored to have been on a mission to survey and possible cut deep-sea Internet cables which provide the world with online capability.
It’s currently unknown if or when the mission will continue or what the mission even entails.
More detail via the BBC:
The crew was poisoned by fumes as the vessel was taking measurements in Russian territorial waters on Monday.
The ministry gave no details about the type of vessel. But Russian media reports say it was a nuclear mini-submarine used for special operations.
The fire was later put out and the vessel is now at Severomorsk, the main base of the Russian Northern Fleet.
The defence ministry did not say how many crew members were aboard at the time. Reports in local media say several crew were injured and taken to hospital.
Russian President Vladimir Putin later on Tuesday pulled out of a scheduled event in the Tver region, north-west of Moscow, to discuss the issue with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Mr Putin described the incident as a big loss for the Russian Navy, and expressed “sincere condolences” to the victims’ families.
Seven captains and two service personnel awarded Russia’s highest honorary title, Hero of the Russian Federation, were among those who died on board the vessel, the president said.
It’s still not clear what caused the fire, which the crew ultimately brought under control; we don’t know how many men survived.
And there are still questions over exactly what vessel was involved.
President Putin said the dead included two heroes of Russia and seven “captains 1st rank”- which seems unusually senior – for research work.
Some media in Russia are citing sources saying they could have been on board a nuclear-powered submarine, possibly even the secretive AS-12. It is thought to be used for highly sensitive missions.
So yeah. This story definitely confirms the concern shared by Romney all those years ago, as it seems Russia has a number of secrets we probably aren’t aware of. Just because the Cold War is over — thankfully — doesn’t mean that there aren’t crazy factions who still buy into the principles that were popular at that moment in time.
We need to be ever diligent to ensure the safety of our nation is upheld at all costs. Here’s to hoping things stay chill between Russia and the United States.