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Russian Navy ‘Intelligence’ Ship Sinks After Hitting Boat Full Of Livestock

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A Russian navy intelligence ship sank Thursday after colliding with another ship full of livestock off Turkey’s Black Sea coast.

All 78 personnel onboard the Russian ship, called the Liman, were evacuated, according to Turkey’s coast guard. The livestock ship was identified as the Youzarsif H, which was flagged under the Togo flag. No information on the Youzarsif H, its crew or the livestock’s status was immediately available, according to Reuters.

The accident occurred 18 miles off the coast of Kilyos, a Turkish village just north of Istanbul. Turkish shipping agency GAC reported that collision was due to low visibility caused by fog.

It is unclear which direction both ships were heading.

The Liman was built in Gdansk in 1970 by the former Soviet Union and launched that same year. It was built as a hydrographic survey ship but was converted to a signals intelligence ship by the Russian military in 1989.

The Russian Navy has suffered a series of incidents in recent years. Its only aircraft carrier, known as the Admiral Kuznetsov, was lambasted for spewing smoke all over Europe while traveling through the English channel in October. The U.S. Navy had previously tracked the Kuznetsov in 2011 out of concern that the ship may sink.

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