Raising the Kursk


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DATE: Saturday 16 October 2021
TIME:  Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start
VENUE:  The Diving Museum, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, PO12 2QU
EVENT:  Illustrated evening talk
SEATS:  Seating is limited 50 maximum
TICKETS:  Please note: we do not issue tickets. You will receive a confirmation email which can be presented at the Museum reception desk in lieu of tickets.


There is a pay-and-display carpark beside the museum. Parking is free after 6pm.
There is no toilet in the museum but public toilets are immediately adjacent.
As an earth-covered Battery, the museum can be cool in the evenings. Warm clothing is advisable. We will also supply blankets and heaters if required.
There is a small flight of 6 steps down into the museum. If you need assistance on the stairs, our volunteers will be happy to help.


On 12 August 2000 the Russian Oscar-class submarine, Kursk suffered a catastrophic explosion which resulted in the submarine sinking to the seabed killing all 118 personnel on board. The Russian Navy did not realise that an accident had occurred and did not initiate a search for more than six hours. It took more than 16 hours to locate the sunken submarine. Over the ensuing 4 days, the Russian Navy unsuccessfully tried to raise the submarine. After 5 days Vladimir Putin finally accepted offers of assistance from the British and Norwegian governments.

Our speaker, Mike O’Meara was part of the British team that was sent to participate in raising the submarine. He was briefed to carry out negotiations and to plan the salvage operation.

His first hand testimony makes a compelling and fascinating talk about one of the most famous submarine salvages of the century.

We look forward to welcoming you!