The World’s Submarine Accidents

The World’s Submarine Accidents

 

Discovery of the Australian AE2
The demise of AE2 and the capture of her 32 crewmen.

 

SUBMARINE ESCAPE AND RESCUE
The Australian Solution

 

SERS (Submarine Escape and Rescue Service)
Rescue service of the Australian Navy.

 

 

S-21 Tonelero
Sank at its mooring in Rio de Janeiro’s in Dec 2000.

 

K-11 Felinto Perry
Brazil’s submarine rescue ship

 

 

La Tragedie de la Minerve
Minerve was lost on Jan 27 1968 (French language).

 

French Peacetime Submarine Accidents
From 1946 to today (text only).

 

 

U 35 and its most fortunate U-Boat crew
In 1938 the U 35 was overrun by a battleship.

 

 

Unterseeboots-Unfälle
Great German article on submarine accidents, written in 1911 !

 

 

INS Nireekshak A15
India’s diving support ship has 2 DSRV’s on board.

 

 

Anteo A5309
Submarine rescue-salvage ship / submersible tender.

 

 

INS DAKAR
This Israeli sub transmitted her last message on 24 Feb 1968.

 

Israeli Submarine Accidents
Only the Dakar listed, hopefully the list stays this short.

 

 

Japanese Peacetime Submarine Accidents
List seems incomplete, only one sub listed.

 

Japanese Nadashio rams the Fuji Maru No.1
The complete story on this 1988 tragedy that cost 30 lives.

 

Chiyoda and Husimi class
Submarine Rescue Ship and Tender with DSRV on board.

 

JMSDF DSRV
The Japanese DSRV

 

 

O 11 going down and being raised 
Unique images of the sinking and raising of this submarine.

 

 

North Korean 1994 ‘Submarine Incident’
Information, disinformation, propaganda. . . . .

 

Stranded Sang-o (Shark) Class sub
The North Korean sub stranded on a South Korean beach in 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

Russian K-159 submarine sinks in Arctic 
On 30 Aug 2003 a decommissioned Russian submarine sank in the Barents Sea.

 

Fire Damages Russian Nuclear Submarine: site -1- , -2-
This accident happened on March 5 2003

Kursk’s last voyage
Final journey before being broken up.

 

KURSK
Official information channel on the tragedy and the salvage operation.

 

Salvage of the Kursk
Official website of the Kursk salvage consortium.

 

Death of the Kursk
CNN special on the catastrophe

 

Raising of the Kursk
CNN special on the salvage operation

 

Accident with the Russian Kursk
Extensive info about this recent submarine tragedy.

 

The Kursk Foundation
… towards the neutralization of the Kursk threat.

 

Russian Submarine KURSK catastrophe
Contains lots of technical info.

 

Kursk submarine disaster
Another interesting Kursk page.

 

The Last Front of the Cold War
Collision on March 20 1993 between a Yankee and Ruskie submarine.

 

Project Jennifer: site -1- -2- -3- -4- -5-
The secret 1974 US attempt to raise a lost Russian submarine.

 

Russian & Soviet Peacetime Submarine Losses
From 1888 to today (text only).

 

Komsomolets Submarine Investigations
The sinking of the Komsomolets submarine off Norway in 1989.

 

The Last Front of the Cold War
Collision on March 20 1993 between a Yankee and Ruskie submarine.

 

K-19, the events that inspired the movie
Good site from National Geographic.

 

Project 658, 658 M – Hotel Class
Incidents of this ‘K-10’ class.

 

 

 

The Nuclear Russian Fleet
Lots of facts and incidents related to the operation of these vessels.

 

 

Swedish Navy submarine rescue vehicle
The underwater rescue vehicle URF.

 

Swedish Navy submarine salvage ship
The submarine salvage ship Belos.

 

Kockums rescue system
Second-generation URF, known as an S-SRV.

 

 

Dayang and Diver class
Little info on these submarine support and rescue ships.

 

 

A584 Kurtaran (ex US ASR-19)
Submarine Rescue Ship.

 

 

British submarine losses
From 1904 to the present day.

 

English Peacetime Submarine Accidents
From 1904 to today (text only).

 

HMS Trafalgar runs aground
Nov 6 2002 mishap off the Scottish coast.

 

The A8 Submarine Boat Disaster
Plymouth Sound on Thursday June 8th 1905.

 

The Mystery of the M1
This RN sub went missing in 1925.

 

HM Submarine Affray
Disappeared Mysteriously in 1951.

 

McLeod Submarine Volunteer Memorial
The explosion on board HMS Sidon on 16 June 1955.

 

THE SAFETY OF TRIDENT
An assessment of the radiation risks.

 

 

LR5 Submarine Rescue System
A very good article on this RN rescue sub.

 

LR5 Rescue Submersible
Information Sheet from LR5‘s builder.

 

Royal Navy LR5
The very small official page.

 

Royal Navy Undersea Medicine Division
Submarine escape and rescue, an overview.

 

Portsmouth Aviation Limited
Submarine Rescue Equipment.

 

UK Submarine Rescue Service
Including Scorpio 45 and LR 5 info.

 

HMS Dolphin Submarine Training Facility
The leading submarine training facility.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Navy Submarines Losses
Official US Navy listings.

 

USS Oklahoma City and unknown merchant
All happened in the Med on Nov 13 2002

 

USS Ogden and USS Greeneville collision
Another USS Greeneville collision

 

USS Greenville (SSN 772) incident
Official US Navy website on this tragedy.

 

USS Greeneville rams Japanese Ehime Maru
Nine Japanese were lost in this 2001 tragedy.

 

Collission USS Kentucky USS San Juan 
Good article on this 1998 incident.

 

U.S. Pacific Fleet
Submarines lost or damaged before and after World War II

 

Project Jennifer: site -1- -2- -3- -4- -5-
The secret 1974 US attempt to raise a lost Russian submarine.

 

USS SCORPION (SSN-589)
Sank May 22, 1968 in more than 10,000 feet of water.

 

Wreck of USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
This US Navy page includes impressive photos of the wreck

 

The USS Scorpion – Mystery of the Deep
May 17, 1968, the last time anyone saw the Scorpion.

 

Collision at Sea
1965 USS Blackfin SS-322 and USS Bainbridge DLG(N)-25

 

USS THRESHER SSN-593
Lost at sea 10 April 1963.

 

USS Thresher (SSN-593)
This US Navy page includes impressive photos of the wreck

 

USS SCORPION (SSN-589)
Missing at sea.

 

The Sinking Of USS Cochino (SS-345)
Cochino was lost on Aug 26 1949.

 

USS Squalus (SS-192)
The sinking, rescue and salvage, 1939

 

Trapped in the Depths
Great article on the loss of USS Squalus

 

The U.S. Submarine S-51
Collided with a steamer in 1925.
The Last Front of the Cold War
Collision on March 20 1993 between a Yankee and Ruskie submarine.

 

Friends of the Hunley
The Hunley sunk on Feb 7 1864.

 

Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles
Brief info from Jane’s on these rescue subs.
Submarine Rescue: Ready For The Unthinkable
Article from the US Navy “Undersea Warfare Magazine”.

 

Submarine Rescue Ships
Details on 12 USN rescue ships.

 

Submarine Rescue 
Interesting article from the ‘Undersea Warfare ‘ magazine.

 

Preventing Submarine Collisions 
Answers to the questions of U.S. nationwide policy debaters.

 

Rescue Vehicles

 

 

Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles
Brief info from Jane’s on rescue subs.

 

 

Submarine Escape and Rescue
The Australian Solution.

 

LR5 Rescue Submersible
Information Sheet from LR5‘s builder..

 

Manned Submersible LR5 Specification
Very detailed technical info

 

UK Submarine Rescue Service
Including Scorpio 45 and LR 5 info.

 

Royal Navy LR5
The very small official page.

 

LR5 Submarine Rescue System
A very good article on this RN rescue sub.

 

 

US Submarine Rescue Ships
Details on 12 USN rescue ships

 

Guardians of the Submarines
History of US submarine rescue vessels.

 

Portsmouth Aviation Limited
Submarine Rescue Equipment.

 

SERS (Submarine Escape and Rescue Service)
Rescue service of the Australian Navy.

 

K-11 Felinto Perry
Brazil’s submarine rescue ship.

 

INS Nireekshak A15
India’s diving support ship has 2 DSRV’s on board.

 

Anteo A5309
Italy’s submarine rescue-salvage ship / submersible tender.

 

Chiyoda and Husimi class
Submarine Rescue Ship and Tender with DSRV on board.

 

JMSDF DSRV
The Japanese DSRV.

 

Dayang and Diver class
Little info on these Taiwanese submarine support and rescue ships.

 

A584 Kurtaran (ex US ASR-19)
Turkish Submarine Rescue Ship.

 

Swedish Navy submarine rescue vehicle
The underwater rescue vehicle URF.

 

Swedish Navy submarine salvage ship
The submarine salvage ship Belos.

 

Kockums rescue system
Second-generation URF, known as an S-SRV.

 

 

Surviving SUBSUNK
Very informative article from Jane’s

 

Sorbet Royal 2002
Lots of info, videos and photos on this Sub rescue exercise.

 

Submarine rescue exercise Sorbet Royal 1996
Includes great images of a simulated rescue.

 

In the wake of the Kursk: ‘Sorbet Royal 2000’
NATO largest submarine rescue exercise.

 

Other Nation’s Submarine Accidents
Israel, France, England and others (text only).

 

Unterseeboots-Unfälle
Great German article on submarine accidents, written in 1911 !

 

Selected Accidents Involving Nuclear Weapons
Including submarines 1950-1993

 

International Registry of Sunken Ships
Probably the largest fully relational database in the world

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Peacetime Submarine Accidents

Lord God, our power evermore, whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea; Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep them safe from peril in the deep.
Alternate verse for the Navy Hymn, David B. Miller (1965)

Background

This web site presents a comprehensive study of the accidents that have occurred during peacetime aboard submarines of all navies around the world. This study is intended to honor the dangerous work of all submariners, work that is no less (and sometimes MORE) dangerous than actual war.

This paper is divided into the following sections:

Dedications

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