Discovered one of the largest Soviet submarines that died during the Second World War

Discovered one of the largest Soviet submarines that died during the Second World War
Discovered one of the largest Soviet submarines that died during the Second World War
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Researchers have established that the object discovered in the Barents Sea is a lost Soviet cruiser-class submarine. This is one of the largest submarines of the USSR during the Second World War.

Submarine type "Cruising"

Submarines of the "Cruiser" type were the largest Soviet submarines during the Second World War. Scientists found one of these boats at the bottom of the Barents Sea.

The submarine was discovered by a joint expedition of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society. “The multifunctional logistic support vessel“Elbrus”carried out an instrumental assessment of the bottom relief, according to the results of which it was confirmed that a submarine of type K (cruising submarine XIV series), or“Katyusha”was located within the German minefield Bantos-A," Ministry of Defense.

The boat was found while searching for two other submarines that died during the Second World War: these ships have not yet been found.

The discovery of the cruising-class submarine was facilitated by fishermen who complained about an object interfering with their activities. The study showed that the ship collapsed into three parts: the boat is entangled with fishing nets.

A visual examination of the submarine showed that it was most likely blown up by a German mine. After that, the detonation of the ammunition located on board the ship could occur. The study of the object will continue, which will make it possible to find out the tactical number of the submarine.

Submarines of the "Cruising" type are also called "K", XIV series and "Katyusha". Their purpose is long, single, autonomous campaigns to the enemy's communications. In 1936-1938, the Soviet Union laid down 12 submarines of this type, of which six were commissioned before the start of the war.

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Displacement (surface) of the submarine is 1490 tons. Length - 97 meters, width - 7.4 meters. The ship's crew includes 67 people, including ten officers. Torpedo-mine armament is represented by six bow 533-mm torpedo tubes and four aft 533-mm torpedo tubes.

Artillery armament includes two 100-mm B-24PL guns of the 1938 model, located on the deck in front and behind the wheelhouse, on platforms with bulwarks, and two 45-mm 21-K guns of the 1933 model, located on the superstructure of the wheelhouse.

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Let us remind you that last year the researchers found the infamous motor ship “Armenia” at the bottom of the Black Sea, which was lost during the Second World War. And in 2019, scientists discovered the famous American destroyer USS Johnston.

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