A Tribute to the submariners of the Kursk
The sea is indeed cruel and
a hard task master. It exposes those who sail in and on the sea to the
perils of the deep. In the midst of life we are in death and the tragic
circumstances that befell the stricken submarine Kursk resulted in the
loss of the vessel and her entire crew of 118 sailors to a mass grave at
the bottom of the Barents Sea. While life begins at sea, it has ironically
claimed the lives of the crew members of this ill fated submarine.
Now that the worst expectations are confirmed, one can painfully reflect upon those agonising moments when there was hope and yet knowing fully well that with each passing day someone was dying, and finding oneself unable to do a thing about it which is not easy to imagine - let alone getting used to the idea.
In moments like these, words have little meaning, but I reach out to the families and loved ones to offer my heartfelt condolences, prayers and share with them their grief, sorrow and pray to the Almighty, to give them strength and courage to bear this irrepairable and untimely loss.
They are not really dead
as long as we remember them. May their souls rest in peace. I call to mind
the words of a Hymn by William
Whiting, and hope that it would bring some solace to those near and
Yours in grief,
Admiral O.S. Dawson,(Retd) PVSM, AVSM, Indian Navy.(Click for background)
This Song* called 'Touch
the Sky', is dedicated to the submariners of Kursk. Music (guitar)
is played by Gussy Rikh, Delhi, India.
Please send your comments on the song to Gussy.
*(The song file size is 1.38MB, and you would need to download RealPlayer to listen to it.)
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Kursk was a Oscar II (Antyey) (Type 949A)(SSGN) Submarine, Number K
141, built at the Severodvinsk Shipyard. She was launched in May 1994,
Commissioned in January 1995 to the Northern Fleet, and on August 12th
2000 at 0730 GMT she died with 118 onboard in the Barents Sea.
Special thanks to Katrin Lawson and BBC News Online for source of the Roster of the Kursk.
YOu may send e-mail messages to Admiral O.S. Dawson
Links to other pages for the Kursk Condolence.
1. Sons of the Northern Fleet
2. Virtual Condolences
Special thanks to my friend Rajiv Chandrabhanu for help in formatting the images.
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