Russian Navy Kilo class missile submarine CHITA in the morning Dec 12 partially sank in Japan sea in Primorye Region waters, while being towed from Vladivostok to Nakhodka for dismantling. Submarine is unmanned, she sank vertically by stern on 42 meters depth, with her length of 73 meters, she’s partially above waterline, with stern resting on bottom. She was on tow of SAR tug LAZURIT (IMO 8832590). CHITA was decommissioned in 2013, remaining in a lay-up. Navy Command is responsible for salvage, she’s to be refloated and transported to dismantling yard.
Russian Navy submarine CHITA, Kilo class, Soviet designation Project 877 Paltus, diesel-electric attack submarine, commissioned 1981, displacement submerged 3950 tons, length 73 meters, speed 17/20 surface/submerge, sea endurance 45 days, complement 52, armament torpedoes, mines, cruise missiles Kalibr, surface-to-air missile Strela.