Hunt for Red October sub meets the chainsaw

Date: 1/2/2005


Red October



, the Soviet sub featured in a Tom Clancy book and subsequent movie, is about to meet a giant chainsaw and be decommissioned for good. The giant sub, capable of carrying 20 intercontinental ballistic missiles, is one of four submarines of the type known as Typhoon, the world’s largest submarine. Ironically, the United States are paying the decommissioning costs because Russia’s post-Soviet military is too poor to foot the bill. In a separate operation, Japan is paying Russia to decommission the nuclear subs stationed near it’s shores in the Pacific.

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