K-278 Komsomolets was the only Project 685 Plavnik, nuclear-powered attack submarine of the Soviet Navy. On 4 August 1984 K-278 reached a record depth of 1,020 metres (3,350 feet) in the Norwegian Sea. Although it was developed mostly to test technology for fourth-generation nuclear submarines, it was fully combat-capable. It sank on its first operational patrol, in 1989, after a fire broke out in the aft engineering compartment.
The Komsomolets was able to surface after the fire started and remained afloat for approximately 5 hours before sinking. Of the 42 crew members who died, only 4 were killed by the fire and smoke, while 34 died of hypothermia, drowning in the frigid waters while awaiting a rescue that did not arrive in time. Because of the loss of life, a public enquiry was conducted and, as a result, many formerly classified details were revealed by the Soviet news media.
The wrecked submarine is on the floor of the Barents Sea, about 1.7 km (1 mile) deep, with its nuclear reactor and two nuclear warheads still on board. (Source: Wikipedia)
The event caused consternation in the Soviet Navy, high interest in NATO maritime and intelligence circles, and apprehension among environmentalists. This concern arose particularly in Norway, for the submarine’s broken hull holds two nuclear reactors and at least two torpedoes with nuclear warheads containing plutonium, one of the most toxic substances known to man. Since the sinking, Russian authorities have elicited to an unprecedented degree of scientific assistance from other countries and used remote sensors and mini-submersibles to find Komsomolets, measure radiation leakage, and assess the stability of the wreck. (Source: CIA Library)
An expedition in mid-1994 revealed some plutonium leakage from one of the two nuclear torpedoes. On 24 June 1995, Keldysh set out again from St. Petersburg to the Mike (submarine) datum to seal the hull fractures in Compartment 1 and cover the nuclear warheads and declared success at the end of a subsequent expedition in July 1996. The jelly sealant was projected to be safe for 20 to 30 years, that is, until 2015 or 2025.
Norwegian authorities from the Marine Environmental Agency and Radiation Agency are taking water and ground samples from the vicinity of the wreck on a yearly basis.
In July 2019, a joint Norwegian-Russian expedition took water samples out of a ventilation pipe and from several meters above and analyzed them for caesium-137. That pipe had been identified as a leak in several Mir missions up to 1998 and 2007. The activity levels in the six samples out of the pipe ranged between less than (the on-board detection limit of) 10 Bq/l to 100 Bq/l (on July 8) and 800 Bq/l (July 9). No activity could be detected in the free-water samples. Due to dilution, there is no threat to the environment. The Norwegian limit on caesium-137 in food products is 600 Bq/kg. The background activity of caesium-137 in the water body is as low as 0.001 Bq/l. More sensitive measurements of the samples are underway. (Source: Wikipedia)
Remote Viewing Solutions
It is clear that this, and other disasters pertaining to nuclear radiation in water such as Fukushima Disaster in Japan and this Nuclear Submarine wreckage, require a solution to prevent the spread of potentially dangerous nuclear radiation through seas and oceans. One of the best options would be to render this nuclear material completely harmless. However, the half-life of Plutonium and Uranium ranges between several thousand to several million years!
I was tasked by Gail Husick of the Husick Group (www.husickgroup.com), with an Operational Skill Building Target, which is intended as an exercise of professional development for operational Remote Viewers. Gail has given her permission to share my own work on this project in public. The only available information to me at the time of the task was: “We are looking for a solution to a problem.”
I am not a Nuclear Physicist and no Engineer, but there may be something in my session that can give someone in that arena an A-HA moment! The information may be a missing piece of the puzzle or even one of many different possible solutions.
It is important to remember that my session below is not about sketching and describing a submarine! It is about finding a solution to the problem of its leaking radiation.
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