In the coming years, new submarines will be delivered to the Russian Pacific Fleet, said the chief of staff of the Pacific Fleet’s submarine command, Rear Admiral Arkady Navarsky.
“We expect the arrival of four submarines: two Borey-class and two Yasen-class. Their construction is almost complete. Some of them are already taking part in sea trials,” he told reporters.
This will significantly strengthen the naval component of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces, Navarsky added.
The updated cruisers of Project 955 “Borey-A” are nuclear submarines of the fourth generation, carriers of solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles R-30 “Bulava”.
These submarines are given the names of Russian commanders, traditional for Russian warships. Now the tests of “Knyaz Oleg” and the construction of “Generalissimo Suvorov” are being completed.
Project 885M Yasen-M multipurpose nuclear submarines are equipped with Onyx, Zirkon or Kalibr cruise missiles. Now the submarines “Novosibirsk” and “Krasnoyarsk” are being prepared for testing.
Additionally, a series of six Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines will join the Pacific Fleet by 2024, the Defense Ministry’s press office said.
“By 2024, a series of six Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines will be fully built and made operational with the Pacific Fleet. The series is currently being built by the Admiralty Shipyard integrated into the United Shipbuilding Corporation. The construction of each of the submarines is ahead of schedule,” Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov said.
The first submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was delivered to the Navy in November 2019. The second sub Volkhov joined the Pacific Fleet on October 24, 2020. The third submarine Magadan was made operational with the Navy on October 12. Work is currently in progress on board the fourth submarine Ufa to create its light hull, lay pipelines and electric cables, install acoustic coating.
On August 23, 2021, the Admiralty Shipyard laid the Mozhaisk and the Yakutsk diesel-electric submarines. Painting, insulation, and electric work is underway on the Mozhaisk submarine. Hydraulic tests of the bow unit are scheduled for the end of the year. The hull of the Yakutsk sub is being built.
Meanwhile, Russian and Chinese warships conducted the first ever joint patrol in the western part of the Pacific Ocean on October 17-23, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.
“The joint patrolling demonstrated the state flags of Russia and China, maintained peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and protected facilities of both countries’ maritime economic activity. During the patrol, the group of warships sailed Tsugaru Strait for the first time.”
The Russian Navy was represented in the joint naval taskforce of ten warships by the Pacific Fleet forces that included the Marshal Krylov measuring ship, Admiral Tributs and the Admiral Panteleyev large antisubmarine warfare ships, and the Aldar Tsydenzhapov and the Gromky corvettes of project 20380.
The Chinese Navy was represented by the Kunming and the Nanchang destroyers, the Qinzhou and the Luzhou corvettes, and the Dongpinghu supply ship.
The Russian and Chinese sailors practiced joint tactical maneuvering and held a series of drills. The warships had covered a total distance of over 1,700 nautical miles in their joint patrol.
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