A Russian Navy commander in charge of the now-decommissioned Sovermenny-class destroyer “Bespokoynyy” has stolen two 13-ton propellers as the ship was dry-docked for conversion into a museum ship.
The unidentified commander conspired with others to carry out the operation, which netted them 39 million Russian rubles (close to $525,000).
To cover their tracks, the group replaced the bronze propellers with ones made out of a cheaper metal.
According to Russian news agency Interfax, the investigation into the commander of the destroyer is nearly complete. It is unclear what kind of sentences could await the commander and the accomplices.
Bespokoynyy was launched in 1990 as the 15th ship in its class. It served as part of the Russian Navy Baltic Fleet and dry docked for its conversion into a museum ship in 2016.