Thursday, November 10, 2016
Type 091 Chinese nuclear submarine [Han class] with classified portions removed now on display.
As reported by Strategy Page and as extracted from same:
"Submarines: A Chinese Nuclear First"
"[the] first Chinese Type 091 [Han] sub entered service in 1974 after being under construction for nearly a decade. This first Chinese SSN was retired in 2000 but three of the five 091 SSNs are still in service. The theme for the 2013 media promotion was that in 42 years of operation no Chinese nuclear sub has ever suffered a nuclear reactor accident"
I beg to differ! Han class not "suffering" a nuclear accident as that word "accident' normally understood but having been sunk by underwater collision, that amount of fissionable material released into the environment prodigious and unprecedented!! And remains so to this day?
From a previous blog entry:
"Pacific Fleet Victor III-class SSGN, K-324 from the Pacific Base of Rakushka collided with the Chinese Han-class SSN. June.1983.
"A Soviet survey in 1989 . . . commissioned by the Pacific Fleet, detected extremely high radiation levels measuring 1,000 roentgen per hour [877 rad/hour] within a five-mile radius of the broken hull of the Han SSN."
A NUCLEAR DISASTER EXCEEDING THAT [FAR GREATER??] OF CHERNOBYL AND YET UNKNOWN TO THE PUBLIC?