Firefighters try to sink Russian nuclear sub to put out flames

Smoke rises from a dock at the Zvyozdochka shipyard in the northern city of Severodvinsk on April 7, 2015 where the Orel nuclear submarine, a cruise missile-type sub with two reactors that is classified as Oscar-II by NATO, is being repaired (AFP Photo/Oleg Kuleshov)

Severodvinsk (Russia) (AFP) – Russian emergency crews on Tuesday tried to submerge a nuclear submarine that caught fire while undergoing repairs in dry dock as officials insisted it was not carrying nuclear fuel or arms.

Despite attempts by authorities to downplay the incident, reports said Russia’s navy chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov flew out to the scene along with a slew of top naval brass.

After battling the flames for several hours, firefighters were now filling the dock with water “and the operation may last several hours,” said Ilya Zhitomirsky, spokesman for the United Shipbuilding Corporation which manages the facility.

The aim would be to submerge the submarine…