The Russian Navy has begun removing bodies, missiles, and equipment from the submarine Kursk. Following her remarkable salvage in early October, the Kursk, suspended under the heavy-lift ship Giant 4 and supported by the large pontoons Gon and Mar, entered the Russian Navy's largest floating dry dock at Roslyanko, near Murmansk, on 21 October. Five days later the lifting craft had departed and the dry dock was pumped out, revealing the submarine's shattered hulk.
Work began immediately to check the state of the ship's two nuclear reactors and to remove bodies and missiles. Within a week 55 bodies and most of the Granit antiship missiles had been lifted from the submarine. (Of the 118 men on board when she sank in August 2000, 12 bodies were removed by divers from the after compartments last November.) Reportedly, none of the 22 large Granit (NATO SS-N-19 Shipwreck) missiles in the submarine was damaged.