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    Russia Resumes Nuclear Sub Patrols

    In this Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 photo the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine is in Gadzhiyevo in the Murmansk region of Russia. A massive fire engulfed a Russian nuclear submarine at an Arctic shipyard Thursday, but there has been no radiation leak, or injuries, officials said. The fire at the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine occurred while it was in dock for repairs at the Roslyakovo shipyard. The Yekaterinburg is a Delta-IV-class nuclear-powered submarine that normally carries 16 nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told The Associated Press that all weapons had been unloaded from the sub and its reactor had been shutdown to safety before the repairs. (AP Photo/ Roustem Adagamov)

    Roustem Adagamov / AP Photo

    Russia plans to relaunch patroling the southern seas with nuclear submarines 20 years after they were discontinued, a Russian news agency reported. The submarines each boast 16 long-range nuclear missiles and will be implimented over several years. "The revival of nuclear submarine patrols will allow us to fulfill the tasks of strategic deterrence not only across the North Pole but also the South Pole," an unnamed military official told the agency.

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