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Russia’s Nuclear-Powered Missile Carrier Submarine Knyaz Vladimir Entered Combat Duty

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Russia's Nuclear-Powered Missile Carrier Submarine Knyaz Vladimir Entered Combat Duty

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The latest Russian nuclear-powered ballistic missile carrier submarine, Knyaz Vladimir, entered into combat duty in the Russian Navy on June 12th, Russia Day.

Earlier, on May 28th, the acceptance certificate was signed at the Sevmash enterprise. On June 1st, on the Day of the Northern Fleet, the document was approved by the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov.

“On the Day of Russia, June 12, at Sevmash in Severodvinsk, a solemn ceremony will be held for admission to the Navy the latest strategic missile submarine cruiser of the Borey-A project 955A Knyaz Vladimir and the rise of the naval Andreev flag,” the release said.

The Navy emphasized that the nuclear submarine cruiser has no rival around the world.

“This event underlines the status of the Russian Federation as a great sea power with an ocean fleet. The strategic missile submarine cruiser Prince Vladimir embodied the advanced scientific thought of our scientists, shipbuilders,” the words of Evmenov were quoted.

According to the Naval Doctrine of the Russian Federation, in the future, the submarines of this project, which are being built in a large series, will form the basis of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.

The ceremony was led by the head of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov.

It was also attended by the Commander of the Northern Fleet Alexander Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Oleg Ryazantsev, Acting Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region Alexander Tsybulsky, Mayor of Severodvinsk Igor Skubenko, President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Alexei Rakhmanov and CEO of Sevmash Mikhail Budnichenko.

Earlier, Knyaz Vladimir completed controlled entry into the sea and arrived in Severodvinsk, at the Sevmash plant.

The boat has been in the White Sea since May 12th, control tests were carried out first in the surface and then in the underwater position. The main part of the tests, including rocket and underwater torpedo fire were held at the end of 2019.

The Knyaz Vladimir is the improved Project 955A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruiser, which represents the fourth generation of nuclear-powered subs built for the Russian Navy. It was floated out in November 2017. According to the data of Russia’s Defense Ministry, the sub Knyaz Vladimir is less noisy and features improved maneuvering, depth and armament control systems.

All Borei-class submarines can carry 16 Bulava ballistic missiles. They are also armeed with 533mm torpedo tubes. The shipbuilders earlier planned to deliver the nuclear-powered sub Knyaz Vladimir to the Russian Navy by the end of 2019.

The Bulava SLBM–a sea-launched variant of the Topol-M—can reportedly be fitted with six to 10 nuclear multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) warheads yielding 100 to 150 kilotons apiece, as well as 10 to 40 decoys. The three-stage solid propellant (with a liquid head stage) Bulava has an estimated range of over 8,300 kilometers (5,157 miles).

The Knyaz Vladimir was laid down in 2012 and floated out in 2017 with a two-year delay. The Borei-(A)-II-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile carrier submarine feature upgraded stealth capabilities, better underwater maneuverability, and can carry extra SLBMs

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