On Wednesday, a fishing trawler manned by a drunken crew rammed a Russian nuclear submarine anchored in Avachin Bay off the country's northern Pacific coast. The submarine had surfaced and turned on its navigation lights when crew members noticed the fishing boat approaching. Attempts to alert the trawler's crew via radio and with flares were unsuccessful. A subsequent inspection by the Russian Navy found that the ship's captain was not at the bridge and that the entire crew was drunk. The Russian defense ministry would not comment, but an unnamed Navy spokesman said that the crash caused only superficial damage and that no radiation leak was detected. The Russian nuclear submarine fleet, the world's second largest behind the United States, includes 12 submarines capable of launching ballistic missiles.
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