TOS-employees also helped to raise the Kursk, the nuclear submarine which sank north of Scandinavia in Augustus 2000. The Russian sub, with the bodies of its crew and a substantial part of its weaponry still on board, lay at a depth of 108 meter on the floor of the Barents Sea, one of earth’s most dangerous seas. The salvage, carried out by Dutch companies Smit and Mammoet, became a race against time as weather conditions deteriotated fastly. On October 10, the salvors finally succeeded in reaching Murmansk port with the wreck of the raised Kursk in tow.
Several TOS-sailors took part in the salvage operation. Afterwards, all crew members were honored with a commemorative medal by the Russian authorities.