12 December 2015
USSR's first-ever nuclear-powered submarine K-3 Leninsky Komsomol is to be launched in February 2017, Flotprom reports. The sub is said to be used as a museum.
The works to finish the submarine are currently conducted at Nerpa shipyard. The place, where the submarine will be located after launch, has not been determined yet. Earlier, it was reported that the K-3 submarine could remain in the Arctic region as part of the Museum of the Northern Fleet and the Central Naval Museum.
A few years ago, it was reported that the Leninsky Komsomol nuclear submarine was going to be decommissioned. As submariners say, the K-3 was going to be shredded for needles.
The Leninsky Komsomol was a landmark submarine in the development of Soviet and Russian Navy. The construction of the submarine was started on September 24, 1955 in Severodvinsk. Its reactors were launched in September 1957, and the submarine was launched on October 9, 1957.
In 1961, the submarine was carrying its first combat duty in the Atlantic Ocean. In July 1962, the submarine, for the first time in the history of the Soviet Navy, traveled underneath the ice of the Arctic Ocean, passing the North Pole twice.
On September 8, 1967, a fire occurred in the first and second compartments of the sub during a combat duty in the Norwegian Sea, killing 39 people. The submarine returned to the base. In 1991, the K-3 Leninsky Komsomol was withdrawn from the fleet.