Submaritime Navigation is a very dangerous activity. American authors Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew likened the activity to a Blind Man's Bluff where you are literally traversing through the ocean blind.
The Telegraph has reported as recently as 2011 of the 22 maritime accidents 19 are with submarines by which Americans lead with the most accidents 9 of which I will explore in a subsequent article.
Here is a list of Russian Submarine and Nuclear Accidents
1995 A nuclear submarine had its electricity cut by an electricity company at a naval base due to unpaid bills. The submarine's cooling system ceased to function and the reactor "came close to meltdown".
Jun-00 A fuel leak from a missile poisoned servicemen at a naval base in Russia's Far East.
12-Aug-00 The OSCAR II-class nuclear-powered submarine Kursk sank due to an explosion of ordnance in its torpedo room in the Barents Sea, killing all the 118 submariners on board.
30-Aug-03 The decommissioned NOVEMBER-class nuclear-powered submarine K-159 sank while it was being towed to a harbour in the Barents Sea to be stripped of its nuclear reactors. 9 crew died.
Aug-05 The Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy provided assistance to rescue seven Russian sailors trapped in a minisubmarine that had become entangled in submerged nets off Russia’s Pacific coastline near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
7-Sep-06 a fire broke out in the submarine, Daniil Moskovskiy (St Daniel of Moscow), as it was being towed across the Barents Sea to a base in Vidyayevo. Two on board died.
8-Nov-08 the AKULA II-class submarine K-152 Nerpa's freon fire extinguishing system was accidentally activated, killing 20 and injuring at least 22 people. The incident occurred while the submarine was conducting sea trials.
Mar-09 a fire broke out on the hull of the decommissioned nuclear submarine, Orenburg, while at the Severodvinsk docks.
Oct-09 another blaze occurred during the decommissioning of the nuclear submarine, Kazan, again at Severodvinsk.
14-Nov-09 explosion on the outskirts of Ulyanovsk at Arsenal 31, a navy depot. 2 firemen died during the decommissioning of munitions.
23-Nov-09 second explosion at Arsenal 31. 8 soldiers died as they removed munitions.
Feb-10 a blaze broke out on a decommissioned nuclear submarine, the Ak Bars, at Severodvinsk, on the Barents Sea. Casualties unknown.
26-May-11 explosion in an arms depot in the village of Urman in Bashkortostan. 12 people were hurt and 40 buildings damaged. Over 2,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area. The cause was blamed by an official on the "combustion of gunpowder traces".
2-Jun-11 explosion in an arms depot near the city of Izhevsk. 20,000 inhabitants of the surrounding area had to be evacuated. 95 people were injured in the blast, and 2 elderly people nearby died of heart attacks possibly caused by the sound of the blast. Windows were shatterd up to 10*km away. A discarded cigarette has initially been blamed for the blast.
29-Dec-11 the Yekaterinburg Delta-IV-class nuclear submarine, while in dry-dock in the Roslyakovo shipyard, north of Murmansk, caught fire after a blaze broke out on scaffolding that had been erected around it. The rubber outer hull was badly burnt. 9 people were injured fighting the fire. No radiation leak was detected.
26-Sep-12 explosion at an arms depot 180km northwest of Orenburg killed one officer.
Oct-12 explosion at an arms depot in the Orenburg region. 4,000 tons of munitions exploded when a soldier failed to extinguish his cigarette. One officer was injured and inhabitants of the surrounding area had to be evacuated.
18-19 June 2013 explosion at the Chapaevsk arms depot in the Samara region. 6,000 inhabitants of the surrounding area had to be evacuated. 30 people were injured in the blast caused by the "involuntary" explosion of shells.