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Tuesday, 21st February 2023, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Ouse Valley Branch: 'The Kursk Russian Submarine Rescue' by Sir David Russell

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Sir David was the Chief Executive of the Harpur Trust from 2002 – 2019 and was the first Commanding Officer of HMS Vanguard, the UK’s lead Trident submarine.

On Saturday 21 August 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk suffered two enormous explosions and sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea. Miraculously, 23 sailors survived in the after machinery compartments. The UK offered to help the Russians rescue the sailors and Sir David Russell led the UK rescue forces to the Barents Sea. His talk will explain what happened and why, in the end, efforts to rescue the sailors were unsuccessful.

Booking forms are available on request from Interim Chair, Ellen Punter, and must be returned at least seven days prior to the event:

Tickets for lunch are priced at £25 for members and £28 for non-members. Talk only tickets are £10.

These meetings are open to local branch members and their guests, as well as other members of the ESU. Ouse Valley branch welcomes new members and embraces those who have supported the ESU, as well as the local branch, for many years.


Tuesday, 21st February 2023
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Ouse Valley Branch

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