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Nuclear submarine decommissioning and related problems

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Release date: 1997-07

This Paper provides an overview of the status and problems related to nuclear submarine decommissioning worldwide. After a brief description of the history and development of the world nuclear submarine forces, it discusses the main dismantlement and disposal technologies currently used. Here, it mainly concentrates on defueling procedures and the accompanying risks and on various different options for dealing with reactor compartments. Greatest emphasis is given to the nuclear fleet in Russia and the United States.