Akula, by an unfortunate coincidence (or possibly a clever gag on the part of well known Russian prankster Leonid Brezhnev
), is also the Russian/former-USSR class name for the Project 941 ballistic missile submarine
which has the NATO reporting name
. The vessel known in the west as Akula, described in SkiBum5
's writeup, is not the same machine, despite both being Russian nuclear-powered submarines; Russia calls that one Project 971, or Shchuka-B ("shchuka" is the Russian word for a kind of fresh water pike).
So the typhoon is really a shark, and the shark is really a pike.
This kind of thing is why some people say that military intelligence is an oxymoron.